New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell to Introduce Smoking Ban

New Orleans the city of fun and partying may introduce a comprehensive smoking ban. This is but just another right being taken away from us. To make matters worse, in 2015, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association is planning their annual convention in July. This should make for some interesting times in New Orleans. You[…]

Bill Bromley Butter – Cigar Review

A review of the Bill Bromley “Butter” Cigar  At this years IPCPR I was fortunate to speak to many of the movers and shakers in our industry. I also spent some quality time with some of the not so famous , that is for now,   boutique companies. One of these companies is Bill Bromley Cigars, I know ,[…]

Arandoza Blue Label – Cigar Review

Arandoza “BLUE” Label With this review I complete the Arandoza Red, White, and Blue Labels. I was relaxing on the balcony of my hotel after a busy day of travel to Troy, Michigan after stopping  in to see the gang at Don Yeyo Cigars in Dearborn for a break, a little pizza, and to catch up on[…]

Cigar Reviews – Crux Classic 6×52

Cigar Reviews – Crux Classic 6×52 It has been a long few days and we spent over 21 hours walking the convention floor talking to and interviewing manufacturers. We received many samples and now it is time to choose one. I reached in my portable humidor and pulled out a Crux Classic 6×52. A side[…]

Walking the IPCPR floor Day 3

Walking the IPCPR floor on day 3 As we walked the floor, we took it a little lighter today and sat longer with some of manufacturers as they seemed to have more time. We had some real nice chats with La Palina  Cigars, Veritas Cigars, and a special sit down with Willy Herrera of Drew Estate.[…]

Warped Cigars – Flor Del Valle

Warped Cigars  – Flor Del Valle  Kyle Gellis   This years IPCPR has been great and there were new releases of blends from the manufactures at the show. But today, I am quite pleased to report that Warped Cigars introduced, by invitation only, their new Flor Del Valle (Flower of the Valley) cigar. This stick[…]

What should not have been at IPCPR

An appeal to the IPCPR After three days of walking the floor at this years IPCPR, I am compelled to report and comment on some of the booths that just should not have been at the show. I am not taking about cigars, pipes, and tobacco. I am talking about items like, Special Gem bracelets[…]

Changing cigar smoking laws.

Currently in Session The following state legislatures are meeting actively this week: Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are also meeting. Active Legislation by State The following legislative activity occurred from June 28 to July 3 on key issues impacting our members. Please contact us with any[…]

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Arandoza completes the Red, White, and Blue

Arandoza Cigars has announced they will release their third line, the Arandoza Red. The new Arandoza Red joins the Arandoza White and Arandoza Blue as the latest cigar from the company.  The “red” is expected to be a full bodied stick and it will be wrapped with San Andres leaf. It seems this is the[…]

Press Release – HISPANIOLA CIGARS RELEASE THE VITOLA NO 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HISPANIOLA CIGARS RELEASE THE VITOLA NO 2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2014 HISPANIOLA CIGARS RELEASE THE VITOLA NO 2 Englewood New Jersey, June 1, 2014– Hispaniola Cigars announces the release of their Vitola no2 for their main line of cigars. Mr. Melo described the new line by saying, “These cigars deliver[…]

Press Release: ROBERTO DURAN PREMIUM CIGARS TO INTRODUCE THE ROBERTO P. DURAN CIGAR BRAND AT THE 2014 IPCPR

(Miami, Florida) June 30, 2014— Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, after a successful 2013 launch with the Azan Line of cigars is ready to come into the 2014 IPCPR with a new super-premium blend: The Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand. Roberto Pelayo Duran introduced the Azan line of Cigars at the 2013 IPCPR which included[…]

IPCPR Hires New CEO Mark Pursell

Washington, DC-After intensive searching, the IPCPR has named Mark Pursell as the new Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Pursell was the Senior Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Mr. Pursell brings a wealth of experience in business development, membership marketing, sales and association management to the IPCPR. At NAHB, Mr. Pursell[…]