Editor’s Note: On Saturday, April 29, a story was published indicating that Frank Santos had resigned at A.J. Fernandez Cigar Co. That story was based on information provided by a company official earlier in the week. On Saturday, Santos quickly contacted halfwheel to inform us that the information was not true. We removed the story, as well as social media posts with links to the story. I apologize for any confusion, our intent was obviously not to confuse anyone or report information that is not true. — Charlie Minato.

Cigar News


  • Hutchinson, Minn. City Councilor Wants to Consider Tobacco Purchase Age Increase — via KDUZ.com
  • Maywood, Ill. to Vote on Tobacco Purchase Age Increase May 2 — via TheVillageFreePress.org
  • Nassau County, N.Y. Will Revisit Tobacco Purchase Age Increase — via TheIslandNow.com
  • Rockville, Md. City Council Will Vote Smoking Ban for Outdoor Seating Areas of Restaurants — via RockvilleView.com
  • Warminster, Penn. Will Debate Parks Smoking Ban — via MontgomeryNews.com
  • Westchester County, N.Y. to Consider Tobacco Purchase Age Increase — via LoHud.com

Colleges and Universities

  • Metro Community College (Neb.) Going Tobacco Free as of Sept. 17 — via Omaha.com

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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.