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The Great Smoke 2022

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“Responsible Marketing” and Why They’re All Wrong

From Meltdowns to Hot Takes First, we need some context. A few weeks ago the PCA put out an article on “Responsible Marketing.” You can click here to read the entire article, but it basically says that cigar manufacturers have a responsibility to not market their wares to kids. Specifically, “marketing that makes use of…

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How to Make Your Cigar Shop More Women Friendly

Let’s Hear It For The Girls! About 2 percent of U.S. women say they smoke cigars, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but that’s about 3.2 million women. (In the 1990s, Cigar Aficionado reported, market research showed that women comprised only one-tenth of one percent of the total U.S. cigar market.)  …

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Tip Your Tobacconist – Here’s Why!

We have all received some sort of service at cigar lounges – excellent or otherwise. The below list provides some reasons why tipping your tobacconist is a trick you should try! 1. You Relied On Their Expertise Did your tobacconist help you find a great smoke today? Tip them! Did your tobacconist check in on…

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The Breed of Dog You Are Based On Cigar Choice

Many cigar aficionados are dog lovers. What’s not to love? But have you ever wondered what type of dog breed you might be based on your cigar preference? Look no further! This piece is all about human’s best friend-the dog and what we think you’d be like if you picked your animal based on your…

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Top 5 Cigars to Look Forward to After the PCA Trade Show 2021

Our first PCA (Premium Cigar Association) Trade Show has come and gone, and it has been a lot to digest. Tim and I had a lot of fun going from booth to booth and talking with those in and around the premium cigar industry. Of course, some of the exhibitors were happy to share with…

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PCA Trade Show 2021: A Hit or a Miss?

It has been a week since this year’s PCA Trade Show officially ended. I have had to time to look back and reflect on what was good and bad at the year’s premiere industry event. This year was our first year attending the PCA’s (Premium Cigar Association) annual trade show. To be honest, we had…

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Cigar Aficionado Misses the Mark With Its Top 25 By Leaving Out Boutique Brands

Every year the cigar industry waits with bated breath to find out which cigars will make Cigar Aficionado’s annual Top 25 list. And every year I become a little bit more disappointed — and a lot more jaded. For years the Top 25 was the “it” list that could make or break a cigar producer;…

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Top 10 Short Cigars to Smoke During the Winter

Winter comes every year, and every year cigar aficionados and enthusiasts take shelter in their local lounges. This year, that plan is proving more difficult with the global pandemic still raging throughout the world. While escaping the cold or downright freezing temperatures, in some areas of the Northern Hemisphere via the warmth and shelter of…

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5 Rare Pipe Tobaccos Worth Smoking

Introduction In every hobby, once one gets past the basics and decides it’s worth pursuing, you look beyond the everyday and towards the upper echelon, where the promise of quality and a unique experience creates a demand that far outstrips supply. Those even passingly familiar with bourbon have heard of Pappy Van Winkle. In the…

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