“After more than a decade in development,
Tobacconist University announces its most revolutionary program ever:
Certified Cigar Reviews (CCR).
Certified Cigar Reviews are organized by: Cigar Specs Component Data Pre-Smoke Smoke Post-Smoke.
Reviewers rate the objective and subjective criteria of a cigar including: Aesthetics Construction Flavor (taste+aroma) Spice Strength Body Smoking conditions.
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Smoker Friendly has been hosting its annual retailer conference for 23 years.
During that time they’ve been an invaluable advocate for the distinction of Premium Cigars.
On Friday August 23.19 the conference welcomed several speakers addressing the interests & needs of Brick & Mortar Cigar shops & Cigar Enthusiasts.
Guest speaker Greg Vickers of the Premium Cigar Association provided insight to the changing landscape of the political and regulatory aspect of premium cigars.
PCA is a retailer based organization moving forward with cutting edge programs for its members – including education, affinity programs and directives for a self-regulating industry.
A highlight of the morning conference was the presentation of Dealer of the Year, which was awarded to Cigaret Shopper of Maine and accepted by Chris Bueller.
Charles “Mac” Haddow gave an outstanding presentation regarding the American Kratom Association and the success that organization has had defining regulatory practices and the impact of reporting systems within the FDA, which “needs to stay in its regulatory lane”.
The morning concluded with Barry Schaevitz of Fox Rothschild who emphasized research proves there is no difference in mortality rates for cigar smokers compared to non-smokers.
One of the questions that came up is the definition of “premium cigars”.
As it currently stands, there are many definitions of premium cigars. What we all agree on is cigars are a 100% natural product.
In terms of who is smoking cigars, research indicated that youth usage of premium cigars is so low it can’t be calculated – it can’t be measured.
The median age for cigar smokers is in the 30-50 year old demographic.
The major take-away from the Friday conference is the vital need for cigar enthusiasts to provide support for their local tobacconists, as well as the organizations & lobby groups advocating the protection of Premium Cigars from governmental over-reach.
Cigar enthusiasts from all around the world are converging on Colorado this weekend for the 10th Anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival.
One of the special events to kick-off the weekend was the Cut & Light hosted by Frank Bellavia representing Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.
Steve Saka’s Creme Brûlée is getting tons of attention & favourable reviews from some of the most trusted names in #CigarMedia … and all the cigars from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust deliver memorable smoking experiences.
If you’re in Colorado – make sure to visit Havana Manor in Longmont.
The humidor is always well-stocked and the manager, Thomas Bliss, is one of the most knowledgable guys in the business.