Editor’s Note: So this is a bit different. We have changed our look and the Weekly News is moving to a new time, Monday mornings. It was the lightest week in the cigar business in some time, I suspect we might see that for another week, before business picks up in the middle of the month. For those unfamiliar with the calendar in the cigar world, many factories are closed at this point of the year, the longest break they take, although much of that is changing.

  • Partagas Benji Homage Due in January — Here.
  • Reinado Releases Grand Empire Reserve 6 x 60 — Story here.
  • First Quesada España Ninfa Heads to Just for Him — Details here.
  • Padilla Teases Unreleased Blend, Again:

  • Nomad in 2014 — Details here.
  • Quesada Cigars Announces Name Change, Celebrates 40th Anniversary — Press release is here.
  • Hastings, Minn. Ponders Banning Smoking in Cigar Shops — Here.
  • Utah Moves One Step Closer to 21-Year-Old Purchasing Age — Story here.
  • Oregon Park Ban Opens Public Comment Period — Here.
  • University of South Carolina — Tobacco use banned everywhere on campus, including in parked cars.
  • Dixie State University — Tobacco use banned everywhere on campus, including in parked cars.
  • Ohio State University — Smoking ban goes into effect. Although, there does not seem to be punishment.
  • Northern Kentucky University — Smoking ban goes into effect.
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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.