A Tribute to the Late Diana Silvius – A True Champion of the Cigar Industry

Diana Silvius passed away today. She had more than 50 years experience in the cigar industry and was the former and first female president of the RTDA (known as IPCPR today). She owned Up Down Cigars in Chicago along with her own brand, Diana Silvius, made by the Fuente family.    

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J. Fuego to Re-Blend Famous Exclusive VUDU cigars

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – August 07, 2015) – “As the man behind some of the best premium cigars for the past quarter of a century, you could say that Jesus Fuego was born to make cigars,” writes CigarAdvisor executive editor, Gary Korb in the prologue to his interview with master blender Jesus Fuego. Born to a Cuban tobacco growing family, Jesus learned about tobacco at a very young age. The Fuego’s were part owners of the famed “El Corojo” farm in Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region where Jesus’s early education came from…

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Part II of My Interview with Rocky Patel – The Fight to Save Premium Cigars

Thanks to Rocky Patel and his fervent resolve, the future of premium cigars doesn’t look as bleak today as it did during the early months of 2013. However, the uncertain future of the centuries-old industry does continue to terrify cigar makers. “I think and I hope that premium cigars will be regulated, if at all, very differently from the mass market product. I am hopeful but I am also scared,” said Patel. “It is a crime. It is scary.” Rocky Patel has not been shy in his quest to save…

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Cigar Enthusiasts Fight Back – FDA Smells Defeat

I recently stumbled upon this great article about our fight against the FDA. It seems that all the lobbying, letters, voices and protests have worked. The FDA’s grip seems to be loosening and the delusional proposals on tobacco regulations on premium cigars appears to be almost over. Check out this article and see for yourself.   Stay strong brothers and sisters of the leaf and continue the fight because the battle is not over yet to keep ’em lit. Long Ashes

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