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Lawmakers Target Flavored Cigar Wraps

June 13th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

Flavored Cigar Wraps
A measure that would ban flavored cigarette wrappers passed the legislature this spring. It would make selling the wrappers a crime punishable by a fine of up to one thousand dollars. Various legislators say the wrappers appeal to kids and facilitate drug use. But at least one of the companies that makes them say the legislation was an effort from other firms to get rid of competition.
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Tulsa cigar bars evidence growth of national trend

June 5th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Tulsa cigar bars
“Then James opened Fogue & Bates, and I’ve been a regular ever since,” said Clark, a former owner of the Lincoln Plaza property on Cherry Street. “James set the mark here years ago.”

James George opened Fogue & Bates, which featured a well-appointed smoking lounge and an enormous selection of cigars, in 1996. Ream more »

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Lawmakers Get Behind Bills to Protect Premium Cigars

June 1st, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Protect Premium Cigars
Two federal bills aimed at stopping the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from regulating premium cigars like cigarettes are gaining support in Congress.

H.R. 1639 in the U.S. House of Representatives now has 190 co-sponsors — closing in on the 218 needed for a majority — and S. 1461 in the U.S. Ream more »

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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet Torpedo

May 2nd, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Cabinet Torpedo cigar
La Flor Dominicana is best known for ball-busting, full-bodied smokes like the Double Ligero, Airbender, and The Digger. Still, many of La Flor’s cigars don’t fit the big and bold type-casting, inlcluding the Premium line (La Flor’s first line) and the Cameroon Cabinet, the subject of this review. Ream more »

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Historic Cigar Factory Gets Brownfield Designation

April 19th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Historic Cigar Factory
Bartow’s historic cigar factory cleared another hurdle toward restoration this week when the City Commission approved it for a brownfield designation.

The site at 235 N. Third Ave. qualifies as a result of environmental contamination inside the vacant factory by animals and pigeons, making it eligible for funding to mitigate that contamination.
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Former downtown nightclub to become Cuban cigar bar

April 17th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Cuban cigar bar
The building that used to house downtown nightclub 807 Fire and Ice will soon be a Cuban cigar bar.
Mandi Kaye, job coordinator with general contractors for the project Scenic City Enterprises, said Monday that the new business should be open within the next couple of months.
“We are gutting it out,” Kaye said. “[We will] make it all brick interior, make it look real nice, and then we’re going to start the Cuban cigar bar.” Ream more »

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Ferndale Council OKs Liquor License for New Cigar Bar

April 13th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

New Cigar Bar
A new cigar bar and lounge is on its way to downtown Ferndale.

Ferndale City Council approved a liquor license on Monday night for Secret Bar and Bistro, which will open at 315-319 W. Nine Mile Road – including the former location of Le Soups.

Council members unanimously approved the license following a discussion about possible noise and second-hand smoke concerns. Ream more »

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Cigar smoking at Masters still in fashion, but less so

April 6th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

cigar aficionado
The moment that Mark Hazel­­wood walked through Aug­usta National Golf Club’s gates, he reached into his pocket and lit up a Fuente Opus X Lost City cigar – but felt a little out of place.

“Golf and cigars, they just blend,” said Hazelwood, a cigar aficionado of 30 years from Knoxville, Tenn. “It’s in the outside, the open air … but you don’t see as many of them anymore.” Ream more »

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Cigar City Brew a Favorite at Local Cigar Lounge

March 28th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Local Cigar Lounge
This week, the “Cheers, Westchase!” crew headed down Countryway Boulevard to check out C & G Cigar Lounge & Espresso Bar located in the Country Chase Plaza.

Given the location when selecting our pick of the week, there seemed to be no other choice — we went with Cigar City Brewery’s Maduro Brown Ale, an English-style brown ale, 5.5% alcohol by volume. Ream more »

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Cuba moving indoor cigar smoke to ash heap of history

March 22nd, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

indoor cigar smoke
It’s a quintessentially Cuban experience: capping off a meal with a snifter of rum and an aromatic cigar.

This Caribbean nation is renowned around the world for its pungent Cohibas, Montecristos and Romeo y Julietas, but on the island, stogie-lovers are increasingly being told to take it outside. A number of state-owned restaurants in Havana’s picturesque colonial quarter have quietly gone smoke-free indoors in recent weeks as authorities enforce a 2005 measure that has been almost universally flouted across the country. Ream more »

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