Midyear price increases are relatively uncommon in the cigar industry, but that’s not what makes the increase announced by Battleground Cigars interesting. Rather, it’s because the company is attributing it to upcoming FDA regulation in addition to increased manufacturing costs.

While a spokesperson declined to provide specifics as to the increase, it will be between 10 to 50 cents per cigar.

The increase goes into effect on Aug. 1.

Patrick Lagreid

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.