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The pandemic has created a number of challenges for the cigar industry, and the cigar accessories market has been one of the harder hit segments due to challenges in both the manufacturing and shipping of products. That meant delays in getting some products announced before the pandemic to market, and certainly some delays in getting new products into production.

Such is the case with JetLine’s lone offering this year, and it seems to have had an impact on the company’s booth. While the feel is the same as previous years with numerous display cases and some tables for order writing, the size has definitely come down and the sheer number of products was reduced a bit. While the booth is a bit different, it does have the benefit of being located right near the front of the show and along some of the more highly trafficked aisles once retailers and others were inside the doors.

JetLine Protection

If you follow JetLine’s release schedule closely, you might be thinking that this looks a lot like a lighter that the company announced in January 2020. It is the same lighter, as what was once called the JetLine Protector was shown off at the 2020 Tobacco Plus Expo in January of that year and scheduled to ship that May. However, numerous delays in manufacturing and freight pushed back the lighter’s release, which is now scheduled for either August or September 2021.

As for the lighter, it is now known as the Protection, and the MSRP has increased a bit, but the details remain the same. It is a high-powered, single flame tabletop lighter that can also produce a soft, candle-style flame by moving a small lever on top of the unit. It’s also free-standing with a locking ignition for hands-free use.

It is available in either red or yellow metal over a black plastic base.

MSRP: $69.99

Release Date: August/September 2021

Production: Regular Production

NullDrew Estate is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show.
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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.