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The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival 2017

 

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Front Range. The 2017 RMCF will be returning to the world renowned Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield Colorado! The festival attracts consumers that are geared toward premium high-end product – including premium cigars, hand-crafted brews, unique wine and spirits, excellent food and everything encompassing the finer things in life.

RMCF Attendees have the chance to mingle with the most prominent cigar manufacturers and celebrities from around the world. All attendees purchasing a cigar ticket will be provided with an official festival bag containing over 30 premium cigars samples, cutter, lighter, festival glass, t-shirt, drink tickets and much more. Each attendee is provided with a free meal. Various ticket levels are offered to suit your needs. Please see the ticket section for more information on these ticket levels.

The festival runs from 11- 6pm for VIP attendees and 12 – 6pm for all other attendees.

Highlights of the Festival

  • Over 1,500 Consumers of Premium Cigars & Fine Product
  • The Top Premium Cigar Manufacturers from around the world
  • Craft Brew, Fine Wines, Local Spirits, Great Food
  • Live Music, Billiards & More.

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2017 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada


Premium Tobacco Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada – July 13-17, 2017

Annually the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), produces its annual convention and trade show. Back in Las Vegas, after a stop in New Orleans, the much-anticipated tobacco industry event was back in full swing in the city that never sleeps, with clear skies and 100 + degree heat.

The Las Vegas Convention Center was the site if this years event, which as always, attracts the largest, most established and influential premium cigar and tobacco companies like: General Cigar Company, JC Newman, Arturo Fuente, Davidoff, Scandinavian Tobacco, Drew Estate, Perdomo and Rocky Patel – pipe tobacco companies – as well as accessory manufacturers like: Boveda, Rabbit Air, Jet Line and Xicar. Industry media were also represented in exhibitor form, as well as covering the event widely.

After the days trade show and seminars, the industry professionals enjoyed the Vegas nightlife but business remained in play, as Cigar Industry Greats (Rocky Patel, Ashton, Padron, et al.) could be seen having FDA strategy meetings over cigars and cocktails.

The IPCPR, as always, produced a well planned, well-organized and fruitful event for all in attendance, adding their trademark flare by including such luminaries as former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney General, Rudolph Guiliani, as the event’s Keynote Speaker and iconic rockers, .38 Special, for their closing event party.

See our photo coverage of the event below and stay posted for our video of this years awesome event.

 

 

About the IPCPR (from the IPCPR Website):

Founded in 1933, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is the oldest, largest and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers of premium tobacco products and their suppliers. IPCPR is a not-for-profit trade association recognized as the “Voice of Authority and Reason” on premium tobacco related issues. The Association provides its members with assistance in fighting onerous tobacco legislation and regulation, brings retailers and manufacturers together in mutually advantageous business relationships and provides its members with market data, research, services and product information to assist them in profitable operation of their businesses.

The organization formerly named RTDA – Retail Tobacco Dealers of America – changed its name to International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association in 2007 to distinguish its mission from that of cigarette and machine made cigar sellers and manufacturers.

In February, 2016, IPCPR opened its new headquarters a few blocks from the United States Capitol at: 513 Capitol Court, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002.

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7/28/17 Update on the Proposed FDA Regulations for the Premium Cigar Industry

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 28, 2017

Today, Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, announced a new comprehensive plan for the approach the agency will take to the regulation of tobacco products, placing an emphasis on a science-based method, that notes a “continuum of risk” that recognizes the differences in tobacco products.

Importantly, Dr. Gottlieb stated that FDA will reexamine the treatment of premium cigars under the agency’s current regulatory structure. Ultimately, the agency will open a new rule making process to engage with the industry to better understand premium cigars, specifically.  As representatives of the premium cigar industry, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association and Cigar Rights of America are encouraged by the FDA’s renewed and objective approach to the industry, and welcome the opportunity to again demonstrate the skilled artisan nature of premium cigars, and how they are truly distinctive, at all levels.

For premium cigar manufacturers and retailers, today’s announcement provides some clarity on the path forward. Of note, IPCPR and CRA applaud the decision to provide targeted relief to some pending deadlines dictated in the 2016 final rule. This includes revising the pre-market application deadline to August 8, 2021. Moreover, under today’s guidelines tobacco products with pre-market applications submitted to the FDA can stay on the market for the duration of the application review process. In addition to changes announced today, IPCPR and CRA are awaiting further information from the FDA regarding other key future compliance deadlines. Importantly, compliance requirements that have already gone into force will remain in effect for manufacturers and retailers alike.

IPCPR, CRA and other industry partners look forward to working with the FDA as it implements the approach announced today.

IPCPR CEO Mark Pursell and CRA Executive Director Glynn Loope also jointly stated, “This has been a long and complicated process, which is not over. However, we commend the objective approach announced today by the Commissioner of the FDA. This revisiting of the rule is testament to the recognition that you cannot regulate all products in the same manner. We would like to thank our bipartisan coalition of congressional allies that have assisted in reinforcing that message to the administration, as we begin the next steps in this process.”

For questions or additional information regarding the FDA’s announcement, please contact Glynn Loope, CRA Executive Director at Glynn.Loope@CigarRights.org or Mark Pursell, IPCPR Chief Executive Officer at mark@ipcpr.org.

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Cigar & Spirits 7th Annual Event in Newport Beach on May 26th, 2017

 

Cigar & Spirits Magazine’s 7th Annual West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting

DATE AND TIME

Fri, May 26, 2017

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

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1107 Jamboree Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

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It’s that time of the year again!

Come and sample some of the world’s greatest spirits and cigars at the 7th Annual Cigar & Spirits West Coast Tasting event! You’ll take home hundreds of dollars worth of premium samples.

Past Vendors have included:
Arturo Fuente Cigars
Rocky Patel
Drew Estate
Ventura Cigar Company
La Palina
Falto
Garo Habano
Montecristo
Romeo y Julieta
Gurkha
JC Newman – Diamond Crown
Aging Room
Villiger
Trill Cigars
Royal Gold Cigars
Dignity
Southern Draw Cigars
Zander-Greg
Altadis USA
Alec Bradley Cigars
Boutique Blends
Esteban Carreras Cigars
Miami Cigar Company
La Aurora Cigars
Hiram & Solomon Cigars
USA Sales
Zander Greg
Alpha Cigar

Ketel One Vodka
Beam Global
Zacapa Rum
Makers 46
El Tesoro Anejo
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
Dos Armadillos
Comisario
Sensi Wines
Tatratea
Sazerac
Buffalo Trace Small Batch Bourbon
Buffalo Trace White Dog
Fireball Whisky
Eagle Rare 10YR Bourbon
Diageo
Johnnie Walker
Oban Whisky
Talisker Whisky
Lagavulin Whisky
Deep Eddy Vodka
NOLET’S Silver Gin
Zing Vodka
A. Hardy Brands
Hardy VSOP Cognac
Hardy XO Cognac
Dingle Irish Gin
Michael Goddard Vodka & Gin
Mexican Moonshine
T1 Tequila
Titos Handmade Vodka
Macallan

Buzz Bars
Hangar 24 Brewing Co
Backyard Marys
Balls of Steel
Left Shoe Company
Never Hungover

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Cigar Smokers Rights Guide

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SOURCE: Famous Smoke Shop
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March 30, 2017 05:00 ET

Overview

Top Premium Cigar Retailer Launches Cigar Smokers’ Rights Guide;
Famous Smoke Shop Details Effects of Newly-Enacted FDA Cigar Regulations

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has debuted their new interactive Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub. Crafted in response to the US Food & Drug Administration’s 2016 Final Deeming Rule regarding premium cigars and other tobacco products, the Famous Smoke guide presents cigar enthusiasts with a history of legal actions affecting the tobacco industry. The Smokers’ Rights Hub also offers cigar smokers a detailed understanding of how FDA’s new regulations will negatively impact the premium cigar industry, and the legal challenges that have been mounted against the agency’s sweeping new rules.
“The rights of adult cigar enthusiasts to purchase and enjoy a completely legal product are quickly going up in flames.” Arthur Zaretsky is the president and owner of Famous Smoke Shop, who has launched a Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub — a website devoted to educating consumers about the Food & Drug Administration’s Final Deeming Rule concerning premium cigars. FDA released 499 pages of new and strict cigar regulations in August of 2016, filled with measures, rulings, definitions and fees that “completely overstepped the authority FDA was given by Congress to regulate tobacco,” says Zaretsky. His company’s goal is to inform customers — and cigar enthusiasts at large — about how these rules are shortchanging consumers, unfair to business and in violation of US law. “The agency is going at this regulation, and the costs associated with compliance, blindly. FDA has failed to perform an adequate, legitimate cost-benefit analysis of the Final Rule’s economic impact on small businesses, as is required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act,” says Zaretsky, who adds, “the FDA is defying the law.”
The Smokers’ Rights Hub notes significant factors that distinguish cigars from cigarettes. Their contents, and how their made, are vastly different, says Cigar Advisor Managing Editor John Pullo: “premium cigars are made entirely by hand, with whole tobacco leaf. Cigarettes are vastly different — they’re made on high speed machines, in bulk, using chopped tobaccos and additives. Cigars and cigarettes are very different, and shouldn’t be treated the same way.” In spite of those differences, FDA is now regulating premium cigars in the same way as cigarettes — and has put into place significant restrictions on the blending of new cigars, levying of fees on cigar makers to have their products chemically tested and kept on the market for sale, as well as reclassifying retailers as “manufacturers” for selling cigar samplers and house pipe blends. These vast new changes have prompted the premium cigar industry to sue the FDA on Constitutional grounds.
The history of modern governmental regulation over tobacco stretches 50 years, according to the Cigar Smokers’ Rights timeline. “All the while, the federal government has slowly — and quite frankly, unfairly — been chipping away at cigar smokers’ rights,” says Zaretsky. Because these new regulations are such a broad overreach of the regulatory authority granted to FDA by Congress in 2009, three industry groups have filed suit against the agency to have the Deeming Rule rescinded. Mark Pursell, CEO of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, noted in a statement: “After a thorough and detailed legal review, we are challenging this unlawful regulatory action in federal court to protect the statutory and constitutional rights of our industry and its members.” Cigar Association of America President Craig Williamson added, “We hoped the FDA would craft a flexible regulatory structure that accounted for the uniqueness of our industry. Instead, we got a broad, one-size-fits-all rule that fails to account for how cigars and premium cigars are manufactured, distributed, sold and consumed in the United States. The FDA exceeded its statutory authority and violated the federal rulemaking process when crafting this set of broad and sweeping regulations.”
The details of this suit, along with regular updates on additional filings and motions, are currently posted at the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Rights site, so that consumers can follow the industry’s fighting against FDA’s massive regulatory changes.
The new Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub details many of the changes the FDA has made regarding their tobacco enforcement measures, including how premium cigars will become more expensive, due to the added costs of FDA approval fees being passed to retailers and consumers. The Hub also lays out how the selection of cigars currently available for sale will likely become smaller, as the new FDA rules will force some existing brands off the market — while limiting the influx of new cigars on store shelves: “that rich tradition of Innovation by cigar makers will be stifled,” says Cigar Advisor’s John Pullo. This, he says, is why cigar lovers can educate themselves with the helpful service that Famous provides. “We as cigar enthusiasts need to empower ourselves with information about the regulation of our hobby, and about the steps being taken by the FDA to unfairly limit our choices at the cigar shop and online. A resource like the Rights Hub is critical to becoming a well-informed consumer.”

About Famous Smoke Shop

Famous Smoke Shop is the #1 American-owned discount cigar retailer, home to the lowest prices on the largest selection of premium cigars, humidors and cigar accessories in the country. With over one thousand cigar brands in stock, including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, cigar smokers shop at Famous Smoke Shop with confidence: every purchase is backed by the Famous Freshness Guarantee and award-winning customer service. Famous remains committed to educating each and every adult customer on their right to enjoy tobacco products responsibly.

 

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