Editor’s Note: This isn’t really news we would cover, but I found the history in this article interesting, particularly the thought of Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. making snow cones. If you’d like to purchase one of the old Arturo Fuente factories in Tampa, one where the family used to live on the second floor, it’s for sale. — Charlie Minato.

Cigar News

Local Legislation

  • Maywood, Ill. Considering Cigar, Hookah and Cannabis Commission — via VFPress.com
  • Mount Vernon, N.Y. Weighs Eliminating Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products — via News12.com


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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.