The Lunar Legacy: Fratello Cigars’ Journey to the Moon
From Neil Armstrong’s immortal words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” uttered as he first set foot on the lunar surface during Apollo 11, to…
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Hand Smoke in the FDA’s Efforts to Reduce Population Level Health Risks
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) operates under a congressional mandate to focus on population-level health risks around smoking. Recently, a piece of research, and the subsequent media…
Global Tobacco Use Declines, but Premium Cigar Sales Buck the Trend: Implications for Public Health
As recently reported in Barrons and Reuters, there has been a global decline in tobacco use in recent years. While the overall consumption is down across tobacco products, premium cigar…
Hawaii SB 148: The Debate Over Generational Tobacco Bans and Their Impact on Premium Cigars
Hawaii’s Senate Bill 148 has sparked a debate, both within the state and beyond, as it seeks to impose a generational tobacco ban. While the bill aims to reduce tobacco…
60 Years After the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking: Unraveling the Myth of Cigars and Cigarettes
Sixty years ago, the Surgeon General’s report on smoking marked a pivotal moment in public health awareness. The findings linked cigarette smoking to serious health issues, leading to widespread efforts…
Connecticut: Connecticut entrepreneurs, Adam von Gootkin, founder and CEO of Highclere Castle Spirits in Essex, and Nicholas Melillo, founder and CEO of Foundation Cigar company in Ellington, partnered with Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie, grandson of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, to form the Royal Ethiopian Trust.
Connecticut: Foundation Cigars announces the rebranding of its METAPA line to AKSUM, inspired by the Ark of the Covenant and the ancient city of AKSUM. The company maintains its commitment to exceptional craftsmanship, preserving the same beloved blend while embracing a new era of tradition and innovation.
Washington, DC: The Taxpayers Protection Alliance's (TPA) Consumer Center has accused the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) of neglecting science and consumer rights while pursuing restrictive tobacco control measures. As the WHO gears up for its 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) this year, Martin Cullip, an international fellow at TPA, criticized the organization's focus on policies known as MPOWER, which is a policy package intended to assist in the country-level implementation of effective interventions to reduce the demand for tobacco.
Florida: Cigar workers were the foundation that helped build the Florida city of Ybor, and a few generations ago the city once produced more than 400 million cigars annually. On Tuesday, J.C. Newman Cigar Co.—the last major cigar company that still makes cigars in Ybor City—cut the ribbon on Cigar Workers Park, dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of people who have worked in the area’s cigar industry since 1886.
Florida: J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is launching a new experience for visitors: a tobacco tasting class. In this smoking class, visitors to J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa, Florida will learn about 24 types of premium cigar tobacco grown in 9 countries and smoke a selection of single-leaf puritos. The 75-minute class costs $50 per person and is limited to six adults.
Virginia - 2023 has been an inflection point for the premium cigar industry. The Mehta Decision represents the largest tobacco regulatory rollback in American history, and has resulted in an unprecedented regulatory pause for premium cigars. While excited about this historic victory, we must remain aware that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to attempt to re-regulate premium cigars in the future.
Virginia – The Board of Directors of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Copperman as the organization's new executive director. This decision comes after an extensive search and selection process to find a dynamic and experienced leader to guide CRA through its next phase of growth and advocacy.
Washington, DC: United States Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ted Budd (R-NC), and Rand Paul (R-KY) joined forces in a bipartisan appeal to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) on December 13, 2023. The senators sent a letter urging the CTP to overhaul its application review process for harm-reduced tobacco products, expressing concerns about the agency's efficiency and commitment to science and evidence-based practices.