Welcome to the 13th installment of the Stogie Press “Last Weeks Cigar Social Media News and Questions”, where Boston Jimmie scours the world-wide web of cigars and summarizes relevant news and questions of the past week. On the following Monday, my friend Kap Kaplowitz then shreds my writing and puts his unique commentary on select news bites from today’s article, during his Kaplowitz Media radio pod cast.
Here are some Social Media Cigar News stories and Questions for the week ending September 14, 2018.
- Nomad No More
- Cigar Imports Increase in 2018
- Oh No Canada!
- Question of the Week
Nomad No More
Well the news of the week is Fred Rewey selling his Nomad Cigars company to Ezra Zion Cigars. This news was broke by Fred Rewey himself in a letter to the cigar industry. Rewey has been operating nomad Cigars for six years and has decided things have gotten to be too big to get complete control of what he needs to accomplish. In Fred’s own words to the industry:
“Instead of an exclusive focus on marketing, first-hand interaction with consumers, and blending cigars (the parts I love), it turned into bookkeeping, sales projections, and government compliance.
Frankly, the company grew to a point that my attention was pulled in different directions and wearing unlimited ‘hats’. Which, in the back of my mind, could someday equate to something being missed.
I never cut any corners with Nomad. I never left anything on the table and kept quality as the highest priority…well below bottom line profits.“
Fred decided to sell the company to his friends at Ezra Zion Cigars, who he has worked with for years. In a comment to William Cooper (Cigar Coop) Fred states:
“I think, for the most part, I am at the end of the Nomad chapter of my life. It’s time for someone else to take it to the next level. It has been an amazing experience to build a cigar company from the ground up…then sell it.”
As for me, I have known Fred for five years and I’ve known him to be of the utmost character and a pleasure to work with. I wish only the best for Fred and his family as he embarks on new adventures, hopefully in some capacity in the cigar industry.
Cigar Imports Increase in 2018
If you wish to read the details as presented in the Cigar Aficionado article, please click here.
Oh No Canada!
“21 (1) No person shall promote a tobacco product through a testimonial or an endorsement, however displayed or communicated, including by means of the packaging.”
Cigar reviews and ratings, along with recommendations are by definition, a testimonial. So although one may read this as pertaining to packaging, the words and punctuation. when taken into account. refer to any method of communication (blog, website, social media). Before you jump on the freedom of speech train, remember we are talking about Canadian citizens.
You see, in Canada, citizens do not have the same freedom of speech that the U.S. 1st Amendment guarantees. In fact, freedom of expression in Canada is not absolute; Section 1 of the Charter allows the government to pass laws that limit free expression so long as the limits are reasonable and can be justified in a free and democratic society.
Question of the Week
Brother James Kemp from the Facebook group – Cigar Lifestyle, asks the question:
“what do the cigar smokers do to reduce wasting cigars when you never smoke a complete gar. I am trying to prevent smoking half waiting til later and smoke the rest. Because that make a gar taste harsh after it has been smoke on and burn out or put out. So on this one I just split it in half. What you guys recommend?”