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Patrick Lagreid
Patrick Lagreid
About the author
I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

H. Upmann 175 Anniversary

It’s been a pretty significant year for the H. Upmann brand, as in 2019 the brand celebrated its 175th anniversary, and as such got a...
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Culver City, Calif. Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales

At its most recent meeting, the Culver City City Council passed a complete ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products that will go into...
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Olean, N.Y. Bans Smoking in Parks

A ban on smoking and the use of nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, is coming to the parks of Olean after the Olean Common Council passed...
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San Cristóbal de la Habana La Cabaña Edición Regional Arrives in Cuba (Update)

There’s a new Edición Regional arriving in Cuba, the San Cristóbal de la Habana La Cabaña. The cigar measures 6 1/10 inches long (155 mm)...
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Massachusetts House Approves Flavored Tobacco Ban

A proposal to ban flavored tobacco got the overwhelming support of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday, passing by a 127-31 vote and moving...
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Woodland, Calif. Bans Flavored Tobacco Products

A ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products is coming to Woodland, Calif., as the city council recently approved a new law that will...
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Alec Bradley Ships Fine & Rare HOF / 506

Alec Bradley has begun shipping the latest installment in its Fine & Rare series, a cigar that brand owner Alan Rubin calls the most important...
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Pendleton, Ore. Removes Sunset from Parks Smoking Ban

In just over the course of two years, the city of Pendleton went from rejecting a proposal to ban smoking in city parks to unanimously...
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Albany County, N.Y. Fails to Advance Flavored Tobacco Ban

A proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Albany County, N.Y. failed to advance during the legislature’s meeting on Tuesday, as it...
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New York’s Tobacco Purchasing Age Increases to 21 Today

The minimum age to purchase tobacco products throughout the state of New York is now 21-years-old after legislation went into effect today that sees the...
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CAO Flathead V19 Camshaft

In 2013, General Cigar Co.’s CAO brand launched a line called Flathead that drew from the automotive and motorcycle worlds for its inspiration. The original...
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