Here is a quick roundup of some interesting cigar news with a little bit of added commentary from puffingcigars.com.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $553 worth of cigars to his own office last month “to be used for recognition of staff service (and) legislative service to the People of the State of California, or to be given as commemorative gifts to visiting dignitaries,” a public filing shows. He regularly orders the cigars, a spokesman said, each in a cellophane wrapper embossed with the governor’s signature in gold.
Knowing that Arnold Schwarzenegger has extravagant taste in cigars we are curious as to who might be making the special stogies. We are going to make a phone call to his office, send a letter and maybe even crash one of his dinners to see if we can get more information.
Gonzalez Habano Cigar Co. in Tampa have regained the world title for the longest cigar in the world. Officially they have created a 196-foot, 3-inch long cigar to be displayed at the 11th annual Cigar Heritage Festival held in Centennial Park in Tampa, Florida. The 112 pound beast of a cigar was created in sections and finally assembled at the event in front of a Guinness Book of World Records official.
Just when we thought tobacco was getting expensive and the down economy would keep anyone from partying extravagantly – we were wrong! Good job Gonzalez Habano Cigar Co. on your creation. What was the blend for this cigar? Did it have a name? Did you break it back down into sections and smoke it? Again puffingcigars.com will attempt to get these questions answered.
Hugs, Not Lawsuits
Tatuaje Cigars and Altadis U.S.A. have agreed to end their legal battle over the use of the Fleur De Lis. The terms of the agreement have not been made public. However, many speculated neither side wanted to fight over a general symbol that dates back to the 12th century.
It appears that Altadis U.S.A. might have gotten more backlash then it was expecting after news quickly spread through various cigar blogs and Twitter. Everyone seemed to support Pete and Pepin Garcia in this battle. This should generally be the case as Pete takes time out of his day to do interviews, talk on twitter and generally provides access to a company that has grown with the cigar smokers. Altadis remains to be a faceless large company that while has a larger bank account, wouldn’t rally any support from the cigar smoking community.
A petition to end the smoking of all Altadis products even made the round on the internet in which Altadis immediately appealed to Pete to ask his fans to stop the movement. Could this support that Pete generated really prevent both companies from wasting thousands of dollars in court? Is the big, bad faceless company suddenly aware that it can’t bully people without repercussion? I hope so.
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