halfwheel extends our condolences to the friends and family of Bret Bennett, the owner of Village Cigars in Columbus, Ohio, who was killed recently in what is being described as a road rage incident. For more, please see this story from NBC4i.com.

Cigar News




  • Detroit Increases Tobacco Purchasing/Possession Age to 21 — via WXYZ
  • Newton, Kan. Banning Tobacco Use in Parks — via KFDI
  • Santa Rosa, Calif. Considering Tobacco Retailer License Requirement Among Other Changes to Curb Youth Smoking — via PressDemocrat.com
  • Tucson, Ariz. Imposes Stricter Rules on New Smoke Shops — via Tucson.com


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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.