From the Smokeshop
CAA INSIGHT by Craig Williamson
CAA Wins Key Exemptions to State Smoking Bans
Hit Hard tobacconists were the biggest winners of industry efforts to roll back business-crushing laws
It's not time for cigar advocates like us to pop the bubbly with our favorite smokes yet, but six months into the 2015 legislative session we're seeing some reasons to celebrate.
That's because the Cigar Association of America has had three major victories against smoking bans so far this year, and we're on track to a strong finish to the 2015 legislative season in the 50 states.
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.