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Editorial

Córdoba & Morales Karole Bashkins

Check your calendar, because it is once again that time on halfwheel. On April Fools’ Day, we attempt to give a serious review to what could...
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The Week That Never Ends (Programming Notes)

This annual New Year’s tradition at halfwheel contains a few elements. There’s the programming notes portion, a reminder, a reflection and a small peak into what...
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Ten Questions for 2021

There are less than a dozen hours of the year—the year—remaining. As I’ve done at this point of each year for over a decade, it’s...
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Graded: Ten Questions for 2020

The idea of the words graded and 2020 bring a bit of a smirk and sigh to my face. Certainly conventional wisdom—and an endless stream of social...
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What the Election Results Mean for Cigar Smokers: 2020 Edition

Barring some very on-brand 2020 curveballs, Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. As I did the last time I published...
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10 Thoughts: FDA’s Substantial Equivalence Requirements Delayed for Premium Cigars

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s premarket approval deadline of Sept. 9, 2020...
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12 Thoughts: FDA Wants to Reevaluate How to Regulate Premium Cigars

By Sept. 8, 2020 cigar manufacturers and others will have to submit documentation to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for premarket approval to...
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Six Thoughts: Goodbye to Nat Sherman

When I was growing up, my father’s humidor was a Nat Sherman humidor. The small thing that he bought in the 1980s could probably store...
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Six Thoughts: Appeals Court Strikes Down All FDA Cigar & Pipe Warning Labels

Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) could not require...
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12 Thoughts: PCA 2020 Is Canceled, Now Onto Bigger Problems

A few weeks ago, I raised a question to some people in the cigar industry: What would the conditions need to be for the Premium...
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PCA 2020: The Reckoning is Here

The moment of reckoning has arrived. On Friday, Altadis U.S.A., Davidoff of Geneva USA, Drew Estate and General Cigar Co.—likely the four largest companies in...
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