Innovation is Key in Shisha
Stiff competition not only holds shisha pipe manufacturers in a merciless grip, but producers of shisha accessories are likewise feeling the heat, reports Thomas Schmid. The positive side effect for consumers is the emergence of often surprisingly innovative merchandise that their developers hope will give them a much needed marketing edge.
By Thomas Schmid
Shisha pipe smoking may once have been the almost exclusive domain of the Middle East, the Levant, and North Africa; but these times have long been bygones. Shishas have embarked on a remarkable victory run around the globe.
Asia Joins the Cigar Appreciation Club
An increasingly affluent middle class of Asian consumers are taking to cigar smoking – although for the time being more affordable machine-rolled products seem to remain the preferred choice, Thomas Schmid reports.
By Thomas Schmid
Most cigar connoisseurs and even retailers would probably insist that only a cigar entirely crafted by hand can be called a true cigar. Although this surely may be true from a certain standpoint, it does ignore the fact that the overwhelming share of cigars sold today are actually machine-rolled. Die-hard aficionados might argue that machine-made cigars can never achieve the superb quality hand-crafted cigars are famous for , but sales volumes make a point to the contrary.
Where to Smoke a Cigar in Asia-Pacific?
Now that smoking restrictions are fully in place in most countries of the world, it’s becoming an increasing challenge to find space to smoke a cigar in peace. However, Asia is fortunate to be one of the last few places where one can appreciate a cigar in nice surroundings, and Eric Piras knows where to go.
By Eric Piras
In the past few years, we’ve seen a growing number of cigar divans and lounges opening in various cities, with a diverse crowd, a good selection of puros, and drink lists to match! In Hong Kong, land of skyscrapers and contrasts, a large selection of cigar divans is on offer. A definite favorite for entertaining
How US states burned their grandkids with massive debt from tobacco “earnings”
By Mike Phillips
The major US tobacco companies, including Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard, agreed to make payments to US state governments under the groundbreaking Tobacco Master Settlement (TMS) Agreement in 1998. It was heralded as a major step towards addressing the health issues surrounding tobacco use. But it hasn’t quite turned out that way.
Increasing reports are emerging of how some states have mortgaged the annual payments for up-front cash,