Blackbird Cigar Co., a Dominican-based cigar manufacturer, will not be exhibiting at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show. The company’s decision is notable because it is currently listed as an exhibitor on the trade show’s website.

In a statement, the company indicated that its new factory in the Dominican Republic and the logistics associated with the transition from its old factory are the primary reasons for not exhibiting:

We would like to take this opportunity to express our commitment and desire to make sure the cigar industry as a whole stays united and that we can continue this battle with the FDA and government authorities with continued legislations trying to classify us as other tobacco products that have been almost taxed and restricted out of business.

Since the start of the 2022 year we understood that this would be a very tough year, since we are still growing as a team, as a company and as a brand, with the huge challenge we accepted by opening our new 32,000 Sq. Feet Cigar Factory in Dominican Republic, there’s many things we have to make sure are done correctly in the process of moving from our old facilities in to this new one and foreseeing that the PCA trade show is scheduled around the same dates as this process, we decided to not appear in this year’s PCA trade show in Las Vegas and have decided to use any deposits or payments made to PCA for Advertisements in their magazines as a way to still support this association that we believe is doing a tremendous job by representing the cigar industry in our legislative ongoing battles.

We wish the best to our fellow Cigar brands in this years issue of this grandiose event and hope to see all our dear friends and retailers soon in future events.

The 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show takes place July 9-12 in Las Vegas.

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