halfwheel sends our condolences to the friends and family of Jeff DeSandre, owner of Ambassador Cigar & Spirits in Troy, Mich., who passed away this past weekend following a battle with cancer. DeSandre also managed Jenuwine Cigar Lounge in the Detroit area and will be missed by many. — Patrick Lagreid.

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  • Pender County, N.C. Commissioner Requests Smoking Ban in Parks — via PortCityDaily.com
  • Westport, Conn. Begins Discussions on Smoking Ban for Parks and Recreation Areas — via WestportJournal.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.