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Eric Piras

With major shakes from FDA regulations in the USA, TPD2 and plain packaging implementations in some European countries, and more stringent measures in markets that had been relatively spared so far, our world is evolving. more

Mar 10, 2017 12:00 AM Features

FDA's Regulation Shaker

Nahuan Photo

Whether in Europe with the TPD2 or in the US with the new US Food & Drug Administration regulation, the cigar world feels that it is in the shaker for a new cocktail recipe, and it’s one that tastes slightly sour. more

Nov 1, 2016 9:00 PM Features

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© Cigar Vixen

Aficionados have a real and strong passion for the best-known production of these countries and might have recurrent dreams about them, but how many actually visit the birthplaces of their favourite cigars? more

Jul 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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Moken

The largest cigar market growth in the last 10 years (in terms of value) has been in Asia, with China being the fastest growing country for consumption. more

May 4, 2016 12:00 AM Features

This year, the beginning of the Western calendar almost coincides with the start of the Chinese year. Somehow the monkey (the animal of the new Chinese year) seems to inspire cigar makers more than the other Chinese zodiac animals… more

Mar 3, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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Ralph Dinkel

The cigar world has extended its sophistication to its accessories, which can reflect their owners’ sense of style as much as their choice in cars or clothes. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Cuba: Myth and Mirage?

Norio Hattori photo

Cigar production in Cuba has had its ups and downs but the way Cuba grows tobacco and produces cigars hasn’t changed much compared to when before Fidel Castro came to power, except for the government controlling tobacco growing and cigar production. more

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

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Photo by Luc Monnet

Years ago, the number of cigar factories in Nicaragua could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Now, Nicaragua is the new place to be for most manufacturers. more

Jul 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

While minds are often turned to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, or Honduras for tobacco growing areas, one tends to forget or ignore that Asia also has a long history of cultivating tobacco, and with very respectable results. more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features


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