halfwheel extends its congratulations to Marty Faust, who has retired after 43 years in the cigar business. Faust has been the vp of field sales for Colibri since October 2015, and has previously worked for Altadis USA and Havatampa. Marty is one of the friendly faces I have seen at numerous trade shows, who is always willing to take time to talk and make you feel like you’re the most important person he’ll talk to that day. All the best in this next chapter, Marty! — Patrick Lagreid

FDA Premium Cigar Lawsuit Appeal Delayed Again

In a week dominated by stories from the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show, a bit of FDA news came out, as Michael Edney—the cigar industry’s lead attorney in this case—requested the court delay the schedule two additional weeks. That’s because the Virginia Solicitor General’s Office indicated that it—and other states—were planning to file briefs in support of the cigar industry side.

PCA Recap Show

If you missed the live show, check out Charlie and Brooks’ recap of the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show, the cigar industry’s annual gathering where numerous new cigars get released. They discussed what stood out from the show, from new products to attendance and the after-hours scene, and much more, all with their usual banter.

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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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.