Editor’s Note: The big news of the week? The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY13 bill that included language that would encourage the FDA to take authority of all tobacco products, including cigars. The full story is here and overshadows what was otherwise a rather successful week in terms of cigar rights and a slow news week in terms of new products.

  • Trinidad Not Cancelled — A report from Christoph Walters earlier in the week led to a belief that Trinidad would be canceled by Habanos S.A. Since then the story has been retracted and Trinidad’s three remaining vitolas are alleged to still be in production. More details here.
  • Padrón Fields Damaged by Hailvia David Savona.
  • Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) Co-Sponsors H.R. 1639 — Buerkle is the 173rd co-sponsor of the bill.
  • Senate Moves Closer to FDA Regulation — More above, story here.
  • White House Petition Reaches 25,00 Signature Goal — Details here.
  • General Files Extension to Oppose Coyabavia Cigar Law.
  • K. Hansotia Files Extension to Oppose Wicked Stickvia Cigar Law.
  • Counterfeit Cohibas Seized — Press release here.
  • Brick House Adds Mighty Mighty Maduro — Press release here.
  • Diamond Crown American Made Humidor to Debut This Summer — Press release here.
  • Durbin & Lautenberg Announce Committee Approval of Recommendation for FDA to Ban Flavored Cigars — Press release here.
  • Davidus Cigars of Frederick Becomes a Diamond Crown Lounge — Press release here.
  • Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge Derby Week Events — Press release here.
  • Butthead’s Introduces Live Web Streaming Events — Press release here.
  • Two Guys 27th Anniversary Party — Press release here.
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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.