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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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Eight Things: FDA’s Planned Ban on Flavored Vaping Pods & Premium Cigars Being the “Lowest Priority”

Earlier today, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration unveiled draft guidance that would effectively lead to a ban on flavored vaping and e-cigarette pods/cartridges. In...
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Ten Questions for 2020

Welcome to the 10th version of Ten Questions. In December 2009, I decided to write an editorial that previewed some of the big topics for the following...
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Graded: Ten Questions for 2019

It’s in the mid-50s, the skies are gray and the space heater is fired up on the balcony, which means only one thing: it’s time...
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Understanding H.R. 2339: A Doomsday Scenario for the Cigar Industry That Probably Won’t Happen

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health passed H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. The bill includes...
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Seven Thoughts: Altria Announces Plans to Sell Nat Sherman Cigar Division

This morning, Altria announced that it was exploring a sale of Nat Sherman International, the premium cigar division for Nat Sherman. Up for sale is...
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Five Thoughts: Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s Acquisition of Agio

We rate cigars, not cigar M&A deals, but I’d have to give Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s (STG) planned acquisition of Royal Agio Cigars a pretty decent...
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10 Thoughts: CigarCon 2020, A Bad Idea, is Canceled

And after all that, there will be no consumer day—at least for 2020 and hopefully not for 2021 either. Earlier today, the Premium Cigar Association...
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The Changing of the Guard: 2019 Edition

Astonishing. It took me a while to find the correct word to describe it. Astonishing—not incredible—is the correct word. Also, scary. Yesterday’s confirmation that Craig Reynolds...
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It’s Twenty Nineteen: IPCPR 2019 Recap

In most years, the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show wouldn’t have even started yet, but for 2019 the trade show began earlier and with more...
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