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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.

Braham, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchase and Possession Age to 21

Minnesota continues to be a hotbed of municipalities raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, and earlier this month the Tobacco 21...
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C.Gars Ltd.’s September Auction Now Live

The latest auction of rare and vintage Cuban cigars hosted by UK-based C.Gars Ltd. is now live. The September auction features 350 lots up for...
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Florida Representative to Pursue Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase

This week, Florida State Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, held a press conference to announce that she will push to raise the state’s minimum age to...
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Southern Draw Kudzu Lustrum Belicoso Fino

Annual releases are nothing new in the cigar industry. But a once-every-five-years cigar? That’s an idea. It also happens to be part of the backstory...
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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

At its meeting on Thursday, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to...
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Habanos S.A.’s Co-President Doesn’t Expect Helms-Burton Lawsuits

Speaking at a press conference on Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of Habanos S.A., Luis Sanchez Harguindey, the co-president of the company, told Spanish...
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Fratello Names Justin Harris Director of Operations

Fratello Cigars has named Justin Harris as the company’s new director of operations. Harris will oversee the day-to-day operations in the company’s Springfield, Va. headquarters,...
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Room101 & Cigar Dojo’s [untitled] Collaboration Returns

The untitled collaboration cigar between Room101 and Cigar Dojo, often referred to as “Noodles,” is back. Today the online cigar community announced that the cigar...
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Bugatti Group Names Rick Ardito New National Sales Director

The Bugatti Group has a new national sales director, Rick Ardito. Ardito joins the company with more than 22 years in the cigar industry, most...
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Crawfordsville, Ind. Bans Smoking in Parks

At its meeting on Monday, the Crawfordsville Common Council passed a proposal to ban smoking at all city parks that will go into effect immediately...
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New Britain, Conn. Bans Smoking in Parks and City-Owned Properties

At its meeting on Wednesday, New Britain’s Common Council passed a ban on the use of tobacco in all forms—including e-cigarettes—as well as the use...
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