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Do you enjoy fine cigars? Have you ever lost your cigar tasting notebook? Do you have a cigar tasting notebook? Here is a place that you can store your cigar tasting reviews, whether they be Cuban vitolas, Honduran cigars, Jamaican sticks, etc. Other folks can also take advantage of your expertise when they use your review to decide on a new cigar to try, or simply to compare notes. You can also find out what others thought of a certain cigar.

Relight?

Cigar Aficionado has some advice on relighting your cigar:

Often while smoking during a busy day for instance, you get involved in a meeting or a conversation, and the cigar often goes out. Sure, it may not be the best thing for a cigar because in drawing the flame over a burnt end, you suck in some of the carbonized tobacco. And, if you relight it too many times, the cigar will get harsh from the heat alone.

Syria Launches Cigar Business as War Rages

In Syria’s northeastern province of Latakia, workers roll the country’s first locally made cigars, a new product being launched despite the devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year.

The workers are employed by Syria’s state-run General Tobacco Company, which has decided to branch out into cigars in a bid to create desperately needed jobs and boost revenue.

Oldest WW II Veteran Celebrates 109th Birthday!

Next month the nation's oldest living World War II combat veteran turns 109. Richard Overton calls East Austin home and he's already receiving some early birthday gifts.

When Mr. Overton returned from war he built his home on Hamilton Avenue. Most days he can be found sitting on his front porch proudly wearing his WWII Veteran baseball hat holding a cigar.

Hee, hee, hee... cigars are bad for you! :)

Senators Back Cigar Smokers

At least some of our legislators are working for us...

The premium cigar definition that the senators propose in their letter differs in a few ways from the one the FDA proposed in Option 2. The most ostensible difference is that the senators' definition removes any mention of retail price. One of the more controversial parts of the FDA's premium cigar definition was that it included language that said a cigar must carry a suggested retail price of no less than $10 to be legally classified as premium.

We'll have to see how this whole thing shakes out.

FDA Receives 75,000 Comments

I'm not sure if it's going to help or not...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Division of Dockets Management says it has received 75,000 comments on a proposed rule on tobacco products. That's thousands more comments than most other proposals.

"It's looking like it ranks in the top 10 of all time," Ryan Cleaver, a docket specialist with the agency, said of the public comment period that ends today.

Cigar Consumption Doubles

They say it like it's a bad thing...

More than 1 in 20 US adults smoke cigars, with frequency ranging from "rarely" to "every day," based on an analysis from the 2012 to 2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey. Investigators in the present report further analyzed the survey data and report that 61.8% of US adult cigar smokers usually smoke cigarillos or other mass market cigars, 19.9% usually smoke premium cigars, and 18.4% usually smoke little filtered cigars.

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