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The Boutique Cigar Association (BCA) has been known as an advocate of small, family-owned cigar shops for years. Now, at the end of 2020, it finds itself in a unique position. The founder of BCA, Dr. Gaby Kafie, said in a statement on social media that the organization’s short term goals have actually been met.
For that reason (among others), the BCA is taking on a different role—one of a social platform. It will still be focused on small cigar shops, but will no longer be considered a nonprofit organization. However, the statement also stated that despite the pivot towards a “fun” platform, they would not hesitate to revive their lobbying efforts should the need arise. According to Kafie’s statement, “Now is the time to take a break, and prepare for whatever battle may come next. The best way to prepare is to become stronger.”
As for Dr. Kafie himself, he will be stepping down as the head of the BCA. He hopes to utilize this time to focus on his family, as well as his own businesses: Kafie 1901 Cigars and Kafie 1901 Coffee. Despite this shift in priorities, Kafie says the BCA will still support the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) and the Cigar Rights of America (CRA), both now and in the future.
Of course, we at Best Cigar Prices wish all the best to Kafie and the members of the BCA during this change. We also look forward to the mouth-watering cigars that will likely be coming from Kafie 1901 in the near future!