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Cigar Rights and Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars

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Early Wednesday Morning, just after midnight, I met Rocky at his posh Bel Air Hotel Bungalow to drink Scotch, smoke Cigars of course and to discuss a little business. In town on one of his rare stealth visits, it’s always nice to chill with the coolest guy in the business and the undisputed Champ of Cigar Rights.

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rocky patelThe now Annual Rocky Patel Yacht Cruise is not just an excuse to enjoy great scenery on California’s coolest yacht; eat great food, dance, dink and smoke with an industry legend and other special guests, but also an opportunity to honor Rocky for his many hard fought rounds in a life or death battle for the United States Premium Cigar Industry; an industry in limbo and at the mercy of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whereby, if they (the FDA) impose their proposed restrictions, it will be impossible for small batch boutique cigar manufacturers to survive.

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Testifying before the House of Representatives on the issue; cancelling business trips to fly somewhere in the United States to meet with Congressman and Senators – on his own dime – no other person in the Industry has come close to showing the dedication, putting forth money toward the agenda or exerting more time and energy to OUR cause, than Rocky has.

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Acknowledging his work on our behalf is the Theme of this event.

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Many in the industry; especially many of the very boutique cigar manufacturers who would be put out of business almost immediately, are in denial or choose to remain in ignorance toward the issue and massive repercussions  it will have against them and as a result, many have not lifted a finger to donate or help fight an issue that Rocky feels is 50/50 at this point.

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Our event, the 2nd Annual Rocky Patel Luxury Sunset Cigar Yacht Cruise, will take place after the long awaited date of June 1, 2015, when the FDA is scheduled to announce either going forward with their proposed restrictions against the Premium Cigar Industry, or exempt the industry from the restrictions.

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For those who do not know, in a nutshell, the FDA proposes to REGULATE the Premium Cigar Industry and treat Cigars the same as pharmaceuticals in essence; also grouping them in with products such as clove cigarettes, vapor cigarettes and cigarettes in general, even as a premium cigar by definition (and this is what the fight led by Rocky is all about – properly defining Premium Cigars) is not chemically treated; chain smoked; or even enjoyed in the same manner (negatively speaking) as those other products or pseudo-tobacco products.

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Don’t miss this years event if you’re serious about enjoying some BOTL and SOTL fellowship, and especially if your a fan of bold, full-flavored Dominican, Honduran or Nicaraguan smokes! A great time will be had by all and hopefully, our theme will have been changed to a joy-filled celebration of victory, thanks in very large part to the man, who against all odds and very little support, has worked hard to become one of the greatest cigar manufacturers in the world today, and definitely a cool, late night scotch drinking and cigar smoking friend.