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Businessweek wonders why there are more tobacco shops

Businessweek wonders why there are more tobacco shops. in their article published today. Smoking in the U.S. has been declining for decades, but retailers specializing in tobacco sales are booming. The number of tobacco shops in America doubled between 1998 and 2012, to more than 9,000, according to Census data. That growth coincided with rising …

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Follow-up: Bull & Bear vs. the Whiners, Part II

When about 19 out of 20 cigar news stories are about new “dangers” of secondhand smoke, overly-PC politicians, citywide bans, tax hikes, the FDA, and the demise of B&Ms, it’s refreshing to come across a story about someone on our side winning for once. According to an article on, a Kane County judge ruled …

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Bull & Bear vs. the Whiners

Maybe name-calling is a bit on the immature side, but I can’t think of anything else to call the guys who complained about the cigar smell from the Bull & Bear tobacco shop enough for their landlords to try to evict them. That’s right—neighbors of the Bull & Bear cigar shop in St. Charles, IL …

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The Week in Cigar Crime

In my daily ritual of checking the search results for “cigar” on Google News, I came across a slew of stories about cigar and smoking-related crimes all over the world. If we’ve learned anything from Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and Robert DeNiro’s character in Cape Fear, criminals tend to love their cigars as much …

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