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  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • Aide: Clintons 'Have a Life and a Set of Expectations that Are Different' from Middle Class

    06/10/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 10, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Former Clinton aide Kiki McLean defended Hillary Clinton's claim that she was "dead broke" and "struggled" after leaving the White House by saying that the Clintons "have a life and a set of expectations that are different" from middle class Americans. McLean made the comments on CNN:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)"I suppose when you heard that comment you knew full well that that was going to be fodder for the Republicans," the CNN host said today referring to the comments Clinton made in an interview that aired last night. "Mrs. Clinton used the word 'houses' -- the plural version, which many Americans would hear...
  • Madam Secretary Made a Difference (Lickspittle Alert)

    When politicians have trouble spinning their own glories, that’s a problem. So it was bizarre that Hillary Rodham Clinton, asked at a forum in April about her legacy at the State Department, had trouble articulating it. That feeds into a narrative — awaiting her memoir on Tuesday — that she may have been glamorous as secretary of state but didn’t actually accomplish much. In fact, that’s dead wrong, for Clinton achieved a great deal and left a hefty legacy — just not the traditional kind.... No, her legacy is different. For starters, Clinton recognized that our future.... More fundamentally, Clinton...
  • More Big Brother in our wallets and lifestyle.

    05/09/2014 5:21:54 PM PDT · by pallis · 6 replies
    FDA ^ | 5/9/14 | The White House.gov
    Thank you for your petition on premium cigars. First, it's important to remember that regulating a tobacco product isn't the same as banning it. FDA is not proposing a ban on all cigars or on any type of cigar. Second, although all tobacco products are harmful and potentially addictive, FDA has heard the input from stakeholders about the possible differences in the public health impact of premium cigars compared to other cigars. We are taking this into account as we consider potential regulatory options around the categories of cigars. In the proposed rule, the FDA has suggested two different ways...
  • Cigars and the FDA

    04/24/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-09491.pdfThis is the docket reading
  • CDC: Cigar and Hookah Smoking Up—Among High School Students

    11/16/2013 5:34:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 15, 2013 - 4:59 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Fewer American high school students smoked cigarettes in 2012 compared to 2011, according to a study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, at the same time, more high school students were smoking cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes and hookahs. Overall, 23.3 percent of high school students (grades 9-12) said they had used a tobacco product at least once in the 30 days before they were surveyed in 2012, said the study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That was down from the 24.3 percent who said they had used a tobacco product at least...
  • Veterans Day 2013: Veteran, 107, credits whiskey (& cigars) for long life - Richard Overton

    11/12/2013 3:42:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/11/13 | Rene Lynch
    Veterans Day will be bit different for Richard Overton. The man believed to be the nation's oldest living veteran spends most days smoking cigars and enjoying his whiskey. But today? He's spending Veterans Day with President Obama. Overton, 107, enjoys up to 12 cigars a day and likes to enjoy his morning coffee with a little whiskey, a beverage he credits in part with his long, healthy life. The Austin, Texas, resident still drives, walks without a cane and regularly attends church. He said he was taken aback when he got the invitation to the White House.
  • Avian Artistry, With Smuggled Cigars

    10/16/2013 5:23:11 PM PDT · by Dysart · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 10-16-13 | Melena Ryzik
    Pablo Escobar was loose. He darted across a noisy warehouse, searching for a corner to loom in. He’s “kind of a bully,” said Duke Riley, the Brooklyn artist who trained him, watching Pablo flit around before landing on a ledge near the ceiling. Pablo Escobar is a homing pigeon, and an accessory — or an accomplice — to the latest exhibition by Mr. Riley, whose work often flouts both laws and common sense. “Generally, I do things that don’t really seem that feasible,” Mr. Riley explained, “and then they tend to work out.” But even by his standards, the pigeon...
  • Blowing Smoke at Terrorists

    08/26/2009 3:07:55 PM PDT · by Species8472 · 11 replies · 929+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 26, 2009 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, according to the 9-11 commission report, was the mastermind of the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the U.S.S. Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors. Nashiri was also the target of an "unauthorized" CIA interrogation technique (that had not been legally vetted by the Justice Department) that is described in a May 7, 2004, CIA inspector general's report that was partially declassified by the Obama administration this week. CIA officers blew smoke in Nashiri's face, according to the report, and they used cigars. The IG's office described this smoke-blowing as one of several "unauthorized or undocumented techniques"...
  • Americans quitting cigarettes, but turning to cigars

    08/03/2012 6:43:39 PM PDT · by Drango · 64 replies
    fox news ^ | August 03, 2012
    While more Americans than ever before are quitting their cigarette habit, a growing number are also turning to large cigars and pipes, suggesting that gains in curbing tobacco consumption may be more elusive than previously thought. The findings were outlined in a report released on Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall consumption of smoked tobacco products declined 27.5 percent between 2000 and 2011, but use of noncigarette smoked tobacco products increased by a whopping 123 percent in that same time. One major culprit for the trend is likely price, particularly in the latter part of...
  • Calling All Red-Blooded, Cigar Burning Patriots!

    07/05/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 13 replies
    Cigars International ^ | 7-5-12 | C.I.
    We're making great progress, but there's still much work to be done. So if you've contacted your elected official, thank you, but please continue to make your voice heard. And if you haven't, we greatly need your help to protect the future of premium handmade cigars. It's easy to sit back and imagine that this problem will fix itself, or that enough others will act and your single support is unnecessary. But the truth is, this battle is far from over. The threats are real and the potential outcome is frightening. Cigars, premium cigars, the which you regularly enjoy are...
  • Little Rock Airport to be renamed for Bill and Hillary Clinton

    03/17/2012 8:43:27 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Arkansas Times ^ | 16 MAR 2012 | Max Brantley
    The Little Rock Airport Commission has scheduled a discussion at its meeting Tuesday to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. The idea has kicked around for years, with varying amounts of cheering and jeering. Hillary Clinton served for a time as legal counsel to the airport. I'm guessing the votes are in hand now to honor Arkansas's native son president and his wife, the secretary of state. It's better than a guess. Our FOI request early today produced 1) renderings of various proposed sign treatments including the one above; 2) the resolution the commission has up...
  • Proposal to raise Maryland cigar tax attacked

    01/20/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland health advocates are lauding Gov. Martin O'Malley’s proposal to increase the state’s cigar tax, but critics say such an increase would create another financial burden for consumers and business owners. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, proposed a state budget Wednesday that would raise the 15-percent excise tax on cigars, smokeless tobacco and other noncigarette tobacco items — a group collectively known as other tobacco products (OTP) — to 70 percent. The OTP tax has gone unchanged since 1999 while the cigarette tax has gone from 36 cents to $2 a pack during that period. Health advocates argue raising...
  • Cigar lovers, industry unite to snuff out FDA regulatory agenda

    11/29/2011 9:11:09 AM PST · by martosko · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2011 | David Martosko
    Cigar smokers are mad as hell, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Faced with an unprecedented assault on their guilty pleasure from President Barack Obama's Food and Drug Administration, aficionados and industry insiders told The Daily Caller that they’re picking up their torch lighters and revolting. Usually divided by their preferences for mild, medium and full-bodied smokes, they're uniting against regulations that threaten to make cigars prohibitively expensive, shut down scores of small cigar shops, jeopardize tens of thousands of jobs and erase the traditionally bright line between Camels and Cohibas. Cigar lovers are also recruiting members of...
  • The End Of Cigars We We Know Them? (Pending FDA Ban -- act now to oppose!)

    10/18/2011 5:05:42 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 38 replies
    PER WEBSITE: FDA regulations will force manufacturers to spend upwards of six-figures just to get new a blend approved. Your favorite boutique cigar brands will wither and die, leaving only the largest manufacturers to introduce a new blend or two per year. Don't expect to sample those new blends, either: free samples will be illegal, as well as cigar events. And even if you're brave enough to buy a box sight unseen, the FDA is likely to mandate near-zero levels of nicotine. How do you suppose THAT cigar will taste? Surely the Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves! When...
  • The End of Cigars as we Know Them?

    10/11/2011 3:33:41 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 7 replies
    Just got an email from Famous that is essentially reproduced at the link. Basically they say the FDA is looking to get into the business of "regulating" cigars and legislation is needed to prevent this. I followed their link to a CRA (Cigar Rights of America) site which allows one to craft messages to be sent to your Senators and Congressman. I just did this. If you agree with me that the FDA shouldn't be regulating cigars I urge you to do the same. ML/NJ
  • More smokers avoiding taxes with self-rolled cigarettes and small cigars

    08/12/2011 7:27:34 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 49 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | Aug 12, 2011 | Beth Musgrave
    FRANKFORT — Revenue from Kentucky's cigarette tax is in free-fall, but more Kentuckians kicking the unhealthy habit isn't the only reason for the decline. State officials say more and more people are turning to cheaper alternatives — little cigars and roll-your-own cigarettes — that aren't covered by the state's 60-cent-a-pack tax. The little cigars look much like cigarettes but are wrapped in brown paper. They cost about $1.25 a pack, compared to about $3.25 for the cheapest pack of cigarettes. The move to small cigars and roll-your-own cigarettes is a national trend. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that states...
  • Park, Beach Smoke Ban in NYC Starts Today

    05/25/2011 8:40:21 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 19 replies
    Cigar Aficionado ^ | May 23, 2011 | David Savona
    If you plan on smoking in a New York City park today, bring an umbrella and $50. Showers are expected in the area, and today Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on smoking in public parks, beaches and elsewhere goes into effect. This new law casts a wide, anti-smoking blanket over much of outdoors New York City. It bans smoking in all New York City parks (except median strips), on all the city's beaches and boardwalks, its public golf courses, the grounds of its sports stadium complexes and pedestrian plazas such as those at Times Square and Herald Square. While the ban...
  • Hialeah’s Jose Oliva wins House District 110

    05/25/2011 8:23:23 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, 05.24.11 | Laura Isensee
    Hialeah businessman Jose Oliva beat two other Republicans to fill a vacant seat in the Florida House in Tuesday’s special election. Technically, the race on Tuesday was a special primary election. But the results are considered a de facto victory because there is no Democrat on the ballot in the general election on June 28. Citizens for a Reality Check — sent a mailer blasting Oliva as a Sandinista sympathizer because his family business grows tobacco in Nicaragua.
  • Cigar smokers ask for a place to light up

    04/21/2011 4:23:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2011 | Nicholas K. Geranios (Associated Press)
    SPOKANE, Wash. | As quests for freedom go, it’s not exactly the fight against apartheid in South Africa. But cigar smokers around the country are fed up with smoking bans that prevent them from enjoying stogies in cigar bars with friends. A rising number of states have moved to exempt cigars from indoor smoking bans, often by establishing cigar bars or smoking lounges inside cigar stores. Pro-cigar groups have sprung up nationally and in most states, spreading a message that their product is fundamentally different from cigarettes. Cigar smokers are not interested in exposing the general public to their pungent...
  • Cigars Don’t Kill People …

    03/06/2011 5:36:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 108 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2011 | Doug Giles
    The other day my wife and I were eating dinner outdoors at our favorite Italian restaurant down on Lincoln Road in South Beach. As usual, we sat down, took in the fabulous Miami weather and commenced to watch the human freak show unfold. If you’ve ever been to Lincoln Road then you know what I’m talkin’ about. It blows away Miami’s Metro Zoo. Hands down. Bar none. Anyway, while I was taking in the bizzaroland that is SoBe, I began to feel better about my life, that although it has its trials, at least I wasn’t the over-tanned guy who...
  • $2,000 Fine For Each Cigar Smoked (NY -- of course)

    02/25/2011 1:35:39 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 26 replies
    NewsDesk - iWireNews ^ | February 25, 2011
    $2,000 Fine For Each Cigar Smoked Published on February 25, 2011 by NewsDesk - iWireNews ™ A New York man settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay $2,000 to his neighbors if he is caught smoking a cigar inside his apartment in the future. The $2 million lawsuit, filed in city Supreme Court by Russell and Amanda Poses, claimed next door neighbor Harry Lysons was stinking up their apartment by smoking cigars inside his domicile, the New York Post reported Thursday. Lysons settled the lawsuit by agreeing to pay a $2,000 fine for each future incident involving indoor cigar smoking....
  • Cigar thread

    12/29/2010 10:06:33 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 64 replies · 4+ views
    29 Dec 2010 | US Navy Vet
    What is a good cigar to celebrate the New Year with?
  • Holy smokes, what a cache of Cuban cigars at O'Hare

    12/07/2010 7:41:36 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 6, 2010 | Andrew L. Wang and Serena Maria Daniels
    U.S. customs officials have seized 30,000 Cuban cigars shipped from Europe to O'Hare International Airport in the last two weeks and are inspecting another 70,000 they suspect are from Cuba. The flood of the popular contraband is the biggest seen at the Customs and Border Protection's Chicago field office, which typically seizes 10 to 12 cigars a week at the O'Hare international mail facility, officials said Monday.
  • Today marks 518th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of Cigars.

    11/05/2010 6:22:35 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 14 replies
    classicreader.com ^ | 5 Nov 10 | Vanity
    It was on this expedition that the first observation was made of that gift of America to the world, which has worked its way so deep and far into general use. They met men and women who "carried live coals, so as to draw into their mouths the smoke of burning herbs." This was the account of the first observers. But Las Casas says that the dry herbs were wrapped in another leaf as dry. He says that "they lighted one end of the little stick thus formed, and sucked in or absorbed the smoke by the other, with which,"...
  • WOW ! Did I Just Have a TERRIBLE Cigar! (Complete Vanity!)

    09/02/2010 4:05:30 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 94 replies
    ML/NJ
    Someone gave me an Acid Kuba Maduro yesterday. So I tried it this afternoon. I almost never put out cigars, but I put this one out within five minutes. That was nearly an hour ago and I still have a terrible taste in my mouth which has survived a few potato chips and some Bourbon. ML/NJ
  • Hero Cigars (cigars for the troops!)

    07/15/2010 10:25:33 PM PDT · by OgreTheGreat · 8 replies
    City Cigars in Dallas has setup Hero Cigars to donate cigars to the troops. All hand rolled by their in-house 70 year old Cuban exile. The website has the list of what troops where asking for. You can call City Cigars at (877)-249-1510 to donate a box or more at cost.
  • What this country needs is a good five cent cigar thread!

    06/25/2010 9:44:42 AM PDT · by El Sordo · 29 replies
    Today | El Sordo
    It's Friday. We need some cigar pron. One thing that has befuddled me some is the wide variety out there in size and shape. Personally, I find that I gravitate towards robustos and toros with the occasional belicoso. The big churchills I just don't seem to find as pleasant. And the skinny stuff burns too hot for me. How about yous guys? Discuss. Pic related
  • Churchill’s Cigar Gets Airbrushed Out of History

    06/16/2010 12:26:41 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 36 replies · 710+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/16/2010 | Stephen Gutowski
    Its been said that life often imitates art. However, I never imagined that the satirical airbrushing campaign undertaken by the rabid anti-smoking lobby at the end of “Thank You For Smoking” would ever actually be replicated in real life. Apparently, as the Daily Mail reports, I was wrong (h/t Adam S Baldwin): It seems the man who steered Britain through the most dangerous period of its recent history may have fallen victim to the modern curse of political correctness. (pictures within link)
  • Cigars, what are you smoking? (Vanity)

    05/20/2010 6:27:45 PM PDT · by Hotmetal · 59 replies · 631+ views
    20 May 2010 | Hotmetal
    What are smoking? I was given a Padron 45th Annivesery to celibrate my sons college graduation,having it tonight.
  • Homemade Cigars - Anyone ever try this?

    04/30/2010 6:03:11 PM PDT · by El Sordo · 11 replies · 407+ views
    The weekend is here, so we need another cigar thread. On the last cigar thread, someone broached the topic of making their own cigars. The idea is intriguing, but I doubt that I would personally have the patience to properly cure the tobacco. A couple of interesting links I have stumbled upon: 1) http://www.coffinails.com/cigars.html This site looks quite interesting. They seem to have a good cross selection of instructions, other links, tobacco seeds. I had no idea that there was much of a following for home grown tobacco, but apparently there is. I'm skeptical that my climate would provide good...
  • A Cigar Thread

    04/25/2010 2:29:29 PM PDT · by El Sordo · 111 replies · 1,305+ views
    The long and short of it being that I've recently discovered that I rather enjoy the occasional cigar. As if I didn't already have enough bad habits... Sadly, it seems that I've made the mistake of trying out a selection of some more expensive cigars, and now I realize that I must begin to evaluate the market for more cost effective options. So far I have found that I really enjoy the Padron 3000 and Rocky Patel Decades. But at those prices, they will certainly be a sometimes thing. And so I call upon the denizens of Free Republic! Cigars!...
  • New Cuban cigar to woo women

    03/09/2010 1:24:51 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 21 replies · 538+ views
    asianmirror.com ^ | Tuesday, 09 March 2010 13:49 | Carlos Batista
    New Cuban cigar to woo women Carlos Batista Tuesday, 09 March 2010 13:49 HAVANA – Gripped between the teeth of Fidel Castro, Winston Churchill, a Cuban peasant or a Western businessman, the cigar has long been a male preserve. Now, however, Cuba hopes to woo the opposite sex with a new model for women, the "Julieta". Short, slim and light in colour, the Julieta is designed, its maker says, to be "enjoyed quickly, following the life rhythms of today's sophisticated active women." cuba_cigar_350 The Cuban-Spanish company Habanos SA, which promotes all brands of handmade Cuban cigars -- considered the finest...
  • Cigar lovers light up at El Gaucho (Upscale WA State restaurant challenges smoking ban)

    02/24/2010 2:12:29 PM PST · by Stoat · 17 replies · 733+ views
    The News Tribune (Tacoma) ^ | February 23, 2010 | C.R. Roberts
    (edit)Closed after a 2005 state law banned public indoor smoking, the cigar lounge at Tacoma’s upscale El Gaucho steakhouse has reopened.Smoking a Dominica-wrapped Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve inside the newly branded “VIP Lounge” on Monday, El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay said that he and a trio of Cohiba-loving cohorts have met state regulations and now welcome certain cigar smokers to puff away four nights a week.The lounge has been open for nearly two weeks without complaint to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.For Mackay, the decision to refurbish and open the room was as much a matter of principle as...
  • (half of) Winston Churchill's (already-smoked) cigar for sale

    01/18/2010 9:53:21 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 431+ views
    UPI ^ | 1/17/10
    LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A half-smoked cigar British Prime Minister Winston Churchill put down before a Cabinet meeting in 1941 is up for auction. Andrew Bullock, from the auction firm Keys in Aylsham in Norfolk, England, said he expects the 4-inch cigar butt to go for about 300 pounds (almost $500), the Daily Mail reported. The auction is scheduled at Keys on Jan. 29. Churchill smoked the cigar at one of the most difficult times in World War II for Britain. British troops were bogged down in North Africa, the Wehrmacht was at the gates of Leningrad in Russia...
  • Deadliest lung cancer breakthrough

    11/11/2009 4:51:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 1,348+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 11, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    A new pill that could cure one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being developed by scientists. British researchers have found that a drug destroys tumours in a form of inoperable lung cancer that kills more than nine out of 10 sufferers. The treatment works by blocking the growth of the cancer cells and eventually causing them to self destruct. In more than 50 per cent of the trials, the treatment, which appears to have no side affects, killed all traces of the disease. "We are very excited about it," said Professor Michael Seckl, the molecular oncologist who...
  • Arrested men enjoyed a smoke in squad car (odd contortions)

    07/16/2009 1:25:56 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 18 replies · 606+ views
    redorbit.com ^ | Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 12:45 CDT
    Arrested men enjoyed a smoke in squad car Posted on: Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 12:45 CDT Two handcuffed suspects managed to contort themselves enough to light up a cigar and a cigarette in the back of a squad car in Cincinnati, police allege. Police said after being arrested on theft charges last week, Edward Humphrey and Melvin Barnes allegedly worked in tandem to extract the smoking goods from Barnes's pocket and light them, the Cincinnati Enquirer said Wednesday. The two men, who stand accused of stealing tools from an area business, had previously been told they could not smoke inside...
  • Hav-a-Tampa cigars closing Tampa plant

    06/25/2009 4:54:39 AM PDT · by RU88 · 13 replies · 880+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | June 23, 2009 | MICHAEL SASSO
    TAMPA - Tampa will lose part of its cigar heritage in August when Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902. However, the company attributed much of its trouble to the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, a federal program that provides health insurance to low-income children. It is funded, in part, by a new federal tax on cigars and cigarettes. McKenzie couldn't say how much sales of Hav-A-Tampa cigars had fallen off, but the numbers have dropped significantly, he said. Previously, federal excise taxes on...
  • Hav-a-Tampa cigars closing Tampa plant (500 jobs L.O.S.T.)

    06/24/2009 11:46:04 AM PDT · by xtinct · 13 replies · 1,303+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 6/24/09 | MICHAEL SASSO
    Sales have been hurt by the spread of indoor smoking bans, which have forced people to go outside to smoke. Tampa will lose part of its cigar heritage in August when Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902. The company announced the closing today. Many employees there make Hav-A-Tampa's iconic Jewels, inexpensive machine-made cigars known for their birchwood tips. Some workers have labored there for two decades or longer, including one who's been there for 50 years, said Richard McKenzie, a senior vice president of human...
  • Hav-a-Tampa cigars closing Tampa plant (Obamanomics and regulation kills 500 more jobs)

    06/24/2009 7:34:07 AM PDT · by pissant · 30 replies · 1,546+ views
    TBO ^ | 6/24/09 | staff
    TAMPA - Tampa will lose part of its cigar heritage in August when Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902. The company announced the closing today. Many employees there make Hav-A-Tampa's iconic Jewels, inexpensive machine-made cigars known for their birchwood tips. Some workers have labored there for two decades or longer, including one who's been there for 50 years, said Richard McKenzie, a senior vice president of human resources for Altadis USA, which owns Hav-A-Tampa. Altadis tried to keep the plant open by closing it for...
  • The GOP Doesn't Understand Sex [Meghan McCain on Bristol Palin, abortion, abstinence]

    05/07/2009 1:19:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies · 7,063+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-05-07
    Bristol Palin's new abstinence campaign shines a light on the Republican Party's unhealthy attitude about sex and desire. BY MEGHAN MCCAIN The first time I ever heard about oral sex was during the Lewinsky scandal. Mostly, I remember being confused by President Clinton’s response—“it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is”. When it comes to sex, politicians face all sorts of double standards: who is allowed to have sex with whom, what constitutes sex, and whether it’s appropriate, to name a few. Candie’s Foundation’s announcement that they were partnering with Bristol Palin to promote an abstinence-only campaign has caused...
  • Top five best action hero cigar chompers

    05/04/2009 5:39:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies · 3,862+ views
    boxwish.com ^ | April 30, 2009 | Team Boxwish
    In tribute to stogie lover Wolverine, we rundown five other action heroes that are smokin’ hot – literally Cinema’s archives are dusted in the ash of burnt out cigars. Meatier than cigarettes and less fussy than pipes, the stogie has become cinematic shorthand for manly strength, very rarely to be found in the delicate paw of the fairer sex. They’re a favourite with those bastions of masculine ruthlessness, the gangster flick and the western. In the former they famously gave Tony Montana (Al Pacino) something to chew on in Scarface while Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name in the Dollars...
  • SUV Crashes Through (Cigar) Storefront in Fresno

    03/19/2009 12:56:05 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 27 replies · 812+ views
    CBS47 TV ^ | 3/19/09
    Repairs are underway at a northeast Fresno cigar store after an SUV plowed through the front door. The accident occurred just before one 1:00 PM Wednesday afternoon at Cigar Mas Fino, located at Cedar and Nees Avenues. No one was hurt but it made quite a mess. The driver of the SUV accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle went through the front door and windows and most of the cigar lounge. It also broke the buildings water main, which flooded the cigar shop. Former Fresno City Councilman Jerry Duncan, a customer of the cigar store said,...
  • Obama Administration Starts Thaw with Cuba

    03/10/2009 10:21:03 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 839+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | March 10, 2009 | Dave Eberhart
    In the run-up to next month’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, the Obama administration has moved to ease travel controls and lift limits on cash remittances that Cuban-Americans can send to the island, notes a report in the U.K.’s Observer. The ground-breaking provisions are featured in a $410 billion spending bill set to be voted on this week. The bill would allow Americans with immediate family in Cuba to visit annually, instead of once every three years, and broaden the definition of immediate family. It would also nix a requirement that Havana pay cash in advance for...
  • Feeling the economic pinch? Try a Greek cigar

    03/09/2009 12:27:04 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 13 replies · 865+ views
    Feeling the economic pinch? Try a Greek cigar by The Associated Press DOMENICO, Greece -- Greek households are cutting expenses and spending less time at restaurants or hair salons. But one local luxury is defying the downturn: cigars. Business is good at Domenico Cigars, a tiny factory in central Greece that got its cigar seeds and secrets from Cuba. Greece's unlikely cigar industry started five years ago in a valley 185 miles northwest of Athens, where conditions are ideally hot and damp. Last year set a record for output -- still a modest 70,000 cigars. Andreas Haralambous, head of the...
  • Black & Mild maker responds to Dwaine Caraway's anti-cigar crusade

    01/30/2009 2:03:54 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 9 replies · 1,047+ views
    Dallas City Hall Blog ^ | 6:11 PM Thu, Jan 29, 2009 | Dave Levinthal
    Black & Mild maker responds to Dwaine Caraway's anti-cigar crusade 6:11 PM Thu, Jan 29, 2009 Dave Levinthal On Wednesday, Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway accused the maker of Black & Mild cigars of "killing" southern sector residents. Today, the corporate spokesman for cigar maker John Middleton returned our request for comment. He did his diplomatic best to address Caraway's "national appeal" to the company to stop southern sector residents from hollowing out Black & Mild cigars and filling them with marijuana. "The company is committed to the responsible use and marketing of this product," John Middleton spokesman...
  • (vanity) Cigar Aficionado Counterfeit gallery

    01/20/2009 8:50:12 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 480+ views
    How many counterfeit cigars find their way into the humidors of unwitting smokers each year? It's impossible to say for sure, but many experts put the number at more than three million -- in the United States alone. The streets of Havana teem with black-market smokes, most of them counterfeit, and even European markets are reporting an influx of fakes. To help you spot a counterfeit, we introduce Cigar Aficionado Online's Counterfeit Gallery.
  • Unofficial Rush Limbaugh thread (Until the real one gets posted)

    11/04/2008 8:58:46 AM PST · by Enterprise · 37 replies · 1,678+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 11-4-08 | None
    Let's ROLL!
  • Internat'l Premium Cigar & Pipe Dealers Association Spreads Truth to Head Off Wisconsin Smoking Ban

    10/19/2008 2:41:54 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 5 replies · 375+ views
    PRweb ^ | 10/19/08 | IPCPR
    IPCPR Spreads Truth to Head Off Wisconsin Smoking Ban Wisconsin's local and state legislators need to wake up to the truth about smoking bans before it is too late, according to Chris McCalla, legislative director of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Dealers Association. According to McCalla, smoking bans are bad for business, defile the constitutional rights of business owners and are based on erroneous assumptions regarding secondhand smoke. Madison, WI (PRWEB) October 19, 2008 -- Wisconsin's local and state legislators need to wake up to the truth about smoking bans before it is too late, according to Chris McCalla,...
  • Smoker who has 10 cigars a day celebrates his 100th birthday

    07/17/2008 8:43:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies · 122+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7/17/08 | Rupert Neate
    A smoker who has 10 cigars day and enjoys a whisky with his morning tea has celebrated his 100th birthday.Mr Priestly began smoking at the age of nine, he has since smoked 153,000 cigars and 715,400 cigarettes Jack Priestly claims he has suffered no serious health problems related to his tobacco and alcohol habit. Mr Priestly, a widower and former baker, began smoking cigarettes when he was nine and claims to have smoked every day since. He changed to cigars in 1966 after he said he was told they were "healthier" and celebrated his century last Saturday.