The halfwheel staff sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ronald F. W. Fox, who passed away recently. Mr. Fox was the chairman of J.J. Fox in Ireland. We also extend our thoughts and prayers to those who mourn the passing of Arsenio Ramos, master blender of AGANORSA Leaf.

Cigar News


  • Saudi Arabia Informs World Trade Organization It Plans to Adopt Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products — via
  • Douglas County, Kan. Commission Signals Intent to Raise Age to Buy Tobacco Products — via
  • Hermantown and Duluth, Minn. Considering Tobacco Purchase Age Increases — via
  • Marin County, Calif. Tables Flavored Tobacco Ban — via
  • North Tonawonda, N.Y. to Debate City Property Smoking Ban — via
  • Pasquotank County, N.C. Bans Smoking on County Grounds — via
  • St. Charles County, Mo. Voters to Consider Smoking Ban — via

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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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.