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Big Smoke & WhiskyFest Collaboration Postponed

Back at the beginning of 2020, Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate set out to collaborate on an epic live event celebrating cigars and spirits alike. However, as you could guess in hindsight, time hasn’t been on their side. Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest, as the gathering is called, was first slated for April 3 and 4 of 2020. Naturally, it was postponed by late March, only to be rescheduled again in August. Now, we hope to report the final postponement of Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest!

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by Steve Kotch, 3 years ago

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STG Founds a New Distributor

Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) is founding a new distributor to handle many of their premium cigars. This new distribution network, The Forged Cigar Company, will be joining General Cigar Co. in distributing STG’s handmade cigars country wide. However, STG has stated Forged will operate independently.

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by Steve Kotch, 3 years ago

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Cigar Rights of the World Is Founded

On January 3rd of 2021, a new organization was launched to serve the best interests of cigar lovers of all stripes: Cigar Rights of the World. Though they seem like a straightforward advocacy group, their mission is somewhat different from others.

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by Steve Kotch, 3 years ago

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Big Changes at the BCA

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.

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by Steve Kotch, 3 years ago

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Pushback on California’s Flavored Tobacco Ban

Back in August, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 793 into law. It was a bill that—among other things—prohibited tobacco retailers, and any of their agents or employees, from selling flavored tobacco products or tobacco product flavor enhancers. While the bill passed the state’s Senate with a unanimous 34-0 vote, it wasn’t necessarily popular with everyone.

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by Steve Kotch, 3 years ago