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I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

S.T. Dupont Updates Initial Lighter

The Initial is S.T. Dupont’s entry-level soft flame lighter.

J.C. Newman’s Brick House Bricktoberfest 2023 Heads to Stores

While the Brick House Bricktoberfest 2022 was a Nicaraguan puro, this year’s Bricktoberfest cigar uses an Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper. Consumers who purchase five Brick House cigars from participating retailers will receive a Bricktoberfest beer stein.

Industrial Cigar Co. Launches New Acrylic Humidors

With Boveda discontinuing its line of Acrylic Humidors, others are trying to fill the void in the market.

Jim Young Named Interim CEO, Board Member of Plasencia Cigars

The former head of Davidoff of Geneva USA is returning to the cigar market to lead the Plasencia family’s cigar brand.

Plasencia Discontinuing Cosecha 146

With the Cosecha 151 expected to arrive next month, it’s time to say goodbye to the Cosecha 146.

My Father Begins Shipping Reworked Vegas Cubanas

The reworked Vegas Cubanas features a new blend and new packaging. It’s offered in five sizes, four of which were previously used for the line.

New Bill Would More Than Triple Federal Taxes for Cigars

The bill includes Sen. Dick Durbin’s Tobacco Tax Equity Language that would dramatically increase the federal taxes paid on cigars. The weight-based tax would more than triple the federal taxes paid for a robustos and could amount to a nearly 500 percent increase on the federal taxes for a 6 x 60.

RoMa Craft Tobac Begins Shipping Intemperance Volstead VO 1920 Revenuer

With the release of the Revenuer, it leaves just two Intemperance Volstead VO 1920 vitolas that have not yet shipped.

Oliva’s Advent Calendar Heading to Europe for the First Time

The European version of Oliva’s Advent Calendar is expected to arrive in stores next month. The company has not yet announced details about the American version.

Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban Smoking in Cigar Shops, Bars & Casinos

Beyond banning indoor smoking in virtually every place outside of a person’s home, the bill would remove a preemption clause, making it easier for local governments to pass even stricter anti-smoking laws.