Editor’s Note: For the first time in a while, there’s a week full of news, relatively big news. Swisher, Nicaragua, Sam Leccia, lots of legislation; the January lull is clearly gone and things are picking up.

  • Jalapa Battles BacteriaHere.
  • Swisher to Enter Premium Cigar Market — Story here.
  • Sam Leccia Nears Return — Story here.
  • Cain F Lancero Tubos Head to Retailers — Story here.
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  • Herrera Esteli MaduroIn its early stages.
  • La Flor Dominicana Launches Mystery Cigar — Story here, press release here.
  • Altadis Adds Two New Casa de García Lines — Story here.
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  • Padilla Connecticut in April As per Ernesto Padilla.
  • CroMagnon Epoch Slated for May Debut — Story here.
  • Mississippi Smoking Ban Defeated — Story here.
  • Kentucky Smoking Ban Proposed — Story here.
  • Washington Cigar Lounges ProposedHere.
  • Toraño to Distribute Palió — Story here.
  • Davidoff Puro d’Oro Gordito — Formal announcement here.
  • Davidoff Launches Short Pleasures Sampler — Press release here.
  • Ezra Zion Rebrands Inception — Here is the press release.

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.