Editor’s Note: Another busy week. Remember, no cigar is too pretty to smoke.

  • Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve 2013 Arrives in Stores — Two sizes, twice as expensive. Here.
  • Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Gran Bully Ships — Here.
  • Kinky Friedman Exits Cigar Business — Story here.
  • 1502 Nicaragua, Extensions Announced — Here.
  • Tatuaje Adds Lancero Sampler to 2014 Plans — Pete Johnson east down with Stogie Geeks, some stuff is still up in the air, as is always the case with Tatuaje, but the Lancero Sampler was previously not known about.
  • Bodega Premium Blends Announces New York Launch — Press release is here.
  • Smaller L’Atelier Sizes & Five-Pcks Coming Next Year — Via the new HALFWHEEL X.
  • Matilde Delays Release Until 2014 — Story here.
  • JM Tobacco Announces Dominican Classic Connecticut — Press release, here.
  • 7-20-4 Announces 2014 Plans — Press release is here.
  • Oliva Opens New Lounge —In Portugal. I’m also hearing we may see the Melanio 6 x 60s in the U.S.
  • 2014 Nicaraguan Cigar Festival Announced — Pricing, dates and info here.
  • White Houses Updates Regulatory Agenda — Here.
  • Two Canadian Provinces Eye Flavored Tobacco Ban — And more. Alberta’s measure has allegedly passed the first step.
  • Britain Plain Packaging Debate Reignites — Though it was believed to be dead, Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated he plans to restart the discussion on plain packaging. The news comes as research out of Australia shows the law has done little to curb smoking, fueled black market sales and hurt legal channels.
  • Michigan Patio/Outdoor Restaurant Ban Could Be Lifted — Here.
  • Marion County Smoking Ban Upheld — Here.
  • Smoking at Florida Park & Beaches Faces New Threat — Story here.
  • Philadelphia, Miss. Rejects Smoking Ban — Story here.
  • New Hampshire Eyes Private Club Ban — Details here.
  • Chickasaw, Alabama Bans Smoking Public Places — Here.
  • Otter Tail County (Minnesota) Bans Smoking on County Property — Here.
  • Suffolk County Eyes 21-Year Age Restriction — Story here.
  • Muskegon County Delays Smoking Ban Vote — Details here.
  • Batesville, Ind. Eyes Park Smoking Ban — Here.
  • New Jersey Bill Could Fine Smoking in Vehicles — There’s a new distracted driving bill in the New Jersey Assembly that doesn’t define what distractions are, but it could include smoking.
  • Here’s a list of changes to tobacco policies at various U.S. colleges and universities:
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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 have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.