From the Smokeshop
CAA INSIGHT by Craig Williamson
Art and Cigars: Why Davidoff Supports Caribbean Artists
Inspired by its own passion of crafting cigars and accessories as artistic expression, Oettinger Davidoff continues to expand its support of the arts in the Caribbean.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Davidoff, a Griffin’s, or any of Oettinger Davidoff’s other cigar brands, you know that there’s more to these cigars than just a good smoke. Davidoff turns cigar smoking into an art form.
As a global leader in the manufacture of premium cigars, Oettinger Davidoff AG prides itself on its longstanding commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community, and quality.
Mail Order Cigar Industry: Keeping Cigars Away from Minors
The industry has every interest, and is fully committed, to keeping cigars out of the hands of minors.
There’s an old saying that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its shoes on. As president of the Cigar Association of America, I’m used to hearing a full range of falsehoods about our industry. One of the worst of these is the notion that the cigar industry isn’t serious about restricting our products to adults.
It’s a ridiculous accusation. The cigar industry is made up of mothers, fathers, neighbors, and good citizens who don’t want kids smoking any more than the next guy. And our companies are acting with consistent responsibility.
Altadis USA: A Cigar Market and Social Leader
More than a major maker of fine cigars, Altadis U.S.A. is an industry leader committed to bettering the lives of its employees and serving its local communities.
Altadis U.S.A., Inc. has been creating high quality premium cigars since 1918. Today, as part of Imperial Tobacco Group, the company is the largest manufacturer of premium, handmade cigars in the world.
Mention the great cigar brands, and you'll discover that many of them are made by Altadis. Any aficionado of fine smokes has undoubtedly experienced the pleasures of one of the company's cigars; its extensive portfolio includes the prestigious Montecristo, the top-selling Romeo y Julieta, the legendary H. Upmann, and such trusted and highly rated brands as Trinidad, VegaFina, Don Diego, Gispert, Saint Luis Rey, Juan Lopez, and Casa de Garcia among others.
Altadis employs many of the cigar industry’s most experienced craftsmen. According to Javier Estades, General Manager for premium cigars at Altadis U.SA., these artisans are “passionate about their craft and dedicated to creating nothing less than the ‘ideal’ cigar.” Cigars are blended by a team of experts, the so-called “grupo de maestros,” representing over 200 years of combined tobacco experience among them.
One-Size-Fits-All Regulation Doesn’t Work in Tobacco
The realities of how cigars are made and consumed requires a different approach to regulation.
How was your summer? For the cigar industry, which is facing sweeping new federal regulations, the answer is “long and hot.” But I am happy and more than a little proud of the fact that our members pulled together to mount an effective Cigar Association of America (CAA) response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal to regulate cigars and other tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
The FDA proposal would create new legal and regulatory frameworks that would impact every element of the cigar supply chain, from manufacturers to consumers.
Advocating for a Diverse and Unique Cigar Industry
When it comes to protecting the rights of cigar smokers and makers, all cigars are equal.
When someone asks how the cigar industry is doing these days, I give the same answer I gave when I was hired as president four years ago.
In fact, I give them the same answer that my predecessors have given for the past nearly eight decades of the Cigar Association of America’s history.
The cigar industry is in challenging times. Every day we are in meetings and on conference calls, on airplanes and highways working with our teams in state capitals across the country, fighting constant efforts to restrict industry and consumers from a basic right that we believe should be protected—I’m talking about the simple, basic right as an adult to enjoy smoking a cigar.
But since 1937, that’s been our job in this diverse and unique industry.