Long Beach, California is a city of more than 450,000 people located south of Los Angeles and west of Anaheim. It is also on the verge of a ban on flavored tobacco. On February 9th, their city council unanimously passed a vote that extends a temporary flavored tobacco ban, making it permanent. The vote can easily be seen as a response to the pushback that is delaying a flavored tobacco ban at the state level.
It’s understandable if you’ve never heard of ACE Prime before. After all, the young cigar company was just founded in 2019. They are certainly making a name for themselves, though, launching the ACE Prime Foundation to help the very people crafting their cigars.
On January 28, J.C. Newman held a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of their cigar factory, El Reloj, in Ybor City, Florida. The ceremony marks the completion of the factory’s thorough restoration, opening El Reloj to the general public as a living museum.
The front office at Mombacho Cigars S.A. is seeing some changes. New names aren’t being added, and familiar ones aren’t going away, but roles are definitely shifting. After nearly five years as president, Claudio Sgroi is stepping down from the position. Instead, he will be a master blender and partner with Mombacho.
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!