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In this week’s cigar blog roundup, we point you toward this touching portrait of NASCAR legend Jimmy Howard. The 92-year old racing aficionado is also a cigar aficionado, and we enjoyed this profile as an ode to growing old gracefully, and smoking a nice cigar while doing so. We also take Howard’s secret to long life to heart: “I eat good food, lots of vegetables. Not much salt,” he said. “And good whiskey at happy hour.”

For fans of last week’s blog post which mentioned cigar-box guitars, here’s an interview with musician Aaron Moreland where he discusses his signature cigar-box guitar.

We also recommend you check out this great video interview with Nestor Miranda over at Cigar Reader. The master cigar maker discusses his namesake brand.

The Stogie Guys continues to be our favorite blog here at the office. They posted this great behind-the-scenes photo tour of the La Aurora factory. They also reported on their blog that there may be a conflict of interest with two FDA appointees who have made a lot of money with pharmaceutical companies who manufacture smoking cessation products. These folks work for the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, the agency that could potentially be responsible for expanding the FDA’s regulatory power to cigars. We hope this ethics issue is addressed fairly and justly.


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