May 23, 2019

California Flavored Tobacco Ban Dies in Senate

Last week, California’s flavored tobacco ban was moving forward, now the bill is dead. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-13, announced that he had withdrawn S.B. 38, the bill that would have banned the use of flavored tobacco. His decision is due to a variety of amendments that were tacked onto his attempt at banning flavored […]
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California Senate Approves Beach & Parks Smoking Ban

The California State Senate approved S.B. 8 on its third reading on Thursday, voting 28-10 on a bill that would prohibit smoking within the state’s parks and beaches. It’s the latest in a number of pushes in recent years to snuff out smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in the two areas, with this year’s […]
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Toscano Stilnovo Debuting at IPCPR 2019

Toscano is the foremost name when it comes to Italian cigars but in recent years the company has begun offering slightly larger cigars. The newest of those is called Stilnovo, a 6 1/2 x 40, that is a hybrid between traditional Italian cigar making and how handmade cigars are made in the rest of the […]
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Kretek Announces Changes to its Sales Leadership Team

Kretek International, Inc. has announced a trio of appointments to its sales leadership team that the company says will help better align brands and efforts, while increasing the organization’s overall focus. The company has promoted Patrick Hurd to the position of chief sales officer, a role in which he will lead the long-term direction and […]
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Louisiana House Defeats Tobacco Purchase Age Increase

Louisiana will not be joining the Tobacco 21 movement, at least not via legislation passed at the state level. On Thursday, the state’s House of Representatives defeated H.B. 38 on its third reading by a vote of 24-55, bringing an end to its legislative journey this session. The bill was introduced by Rep. Frank Hoffman, […]
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HVC First Selection Broadleaf Goes Regular Production

Last year, HVC Cigars introduced the First Selection Broadleaf, a two-size line that was sold in a single box containing 10 Short Robustos and 10 Toros. There were a total of 500 boxes made but now there will be more. HVC says it will begin shipping First Select Broadleaf again and that the cigar is […]
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STG Announces Q1 2019 Results, 7.3 Percent Growth in Profit

Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)—the parent company of Cigars International, General Cigar Co., Thompson and others—announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2019. While revenue growth is down 1.6 percent, the company says that EBITDA growth, a measure of profit, is up 7.3 percent. STG generated DKK 1.464 billion ($218.48 million), which is actually […]
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Wheeling, Ill. Raises Age to Purchase, Possess Tobacco to 21

While Illinois is raising the statewide minimum age to purchase tobacco products on July 1, the Chicago suburb of Wheeling is raising it immediately after the village’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of an ordinance at its meeting on Monday. In addition to raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, the […]
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