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Cigar Acceptance a Growing Trend

Well, if this is true, it's pretty good news!

Although not often considered a young person's hobby, cigar shops have seen a younger crowd doing business.

"We see 18-year-olds picking it up and trying it," David said. He added that he sees all experience levels, novice to aficionado. King also mentioned younger people.

"We're getting younger people. Our primary demographic is (ages) 35-55," he said.

On Cuba

An interesting article on Cuba...

I have to admit that, like many people my age, I have a fascination with the country of Cuba. I think it mainly has to do with this strange relationship the United States of America has had with the Republic of Cuba during my lifetime.

Not earth-shattering, but not fluff either.

French Quarter Cigar Bar Wins Political Fight to Stay Open

Nice to see the nannies get it handed to them on occasion...

A political body often awash in collegiality, the New Orleans City Council let some rare resentment surface Thursday (June 4) before voting to carve out an exception in the city's zoning laws for a French Quarter cigar bar.

Yup. The cigar bar wants to keep operating. It's not infringing on anyone's rights. If you don't like smoke, don't frequent it, and don't work there.

Cuban Cigars. Are They Really Better?

I have not smoked a wide selection of Cuban cigars (I have had a few). The ones I had were of high quality, but they packed a little more power than I was comfortable with. As a result, I usually stick to South and Central American Cigars.

Famous Smoke has a nice article that addresses a lot of issues that might pop up if the Cuban embargo is "thawed".

With a production model that only uses Cuban tobacco and limited real estate to grow said tobacco, this model of rolling Cuban puros is doomed to stretch resources extremely thin to the point where they will likely sacrifice quality across the board, including EMS cigars, to meet demand. Queen and country won’t be too happy about this, but lifting the embargo to create this mess is just another way America can be a thorn in the side of the English.

Read the whole article

Happy Birthday Richard Overton

Richard Overton turns 109

The oldest WWII Veteran turns 109. Still puffing on his stogies...

AUSTIN, Tex. (WLS) -- The oldest living World War II veteran is turning 109 with a week of celebrations.

Richard Overton's birthday is next Monday, but his friends and family threw him a big bash this past weekend in Austin, Texas. More than 100 people showed up, including Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin Police's assistant chief.

Idiots in the Senate Are At It Again

They can't seem to mind their own business...

Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed new legislation that would increase the federal tax on cigarettes by 94 cents and “set tax rates for other tobacco products at an equivalent rate.” The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) estimates that rate to be 37.4 cents per cigar.

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