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32 Cigar Manufacturer
A Honduran Cigar Force
Guillermo Rico could well be Hondurasís most underestimated cigar maker. Combining old traditions with fully vertical operations, the producer of Gran Habano and 3 Habanos cigars has brought a unique cultural twist to premium cigars through his GR Tabaqueras Unidas farming operations.
By Dale Scott

40 Cigar Imports
Premiums Fall in 2008
But inaccurate data for previous years makes comparison impossible.
By E. Edward Hoyt III

46 Cuban Market
Habanos Festival XI
Despite global financial turmoil, Habanos S.A. debuts new offerings.
By Gary Heathcott

52 Pipe Tobaccos
One Batch at a Time
Cornell & Diehl build on their strengths to ensure their future.
By Jess Clarke

58 Tradeshow Merchandise
Tobacco Plus Expo 2009
Exhibitor new merchandise preview.
By E. Edward Hoyt III

62 Cigarette Spotlight
Palermo Picks up Speed
Fourth-tier Palermo cigarettes see a giant growth surge.
Staff Report

66 Regulation Focus
Tribal Sales on Hot Seat
States look to tribes for tax revenue and roll out more regulation.
By The Tobacco Team

68 Advocacy Focus
CRA Unveils National Tobacconist Program By J. Glynn Loope

70 Smokeless Update
E-Cigarettes Under Fire By E. Edward Hoyt III

72 NATO News
Tobacco Regulation By Thomas Briant

D e p a r t m e n t s

20   Editorís Letter

24   Retailing News

26   Industry News

31   Calendar

74   Pipe Update

76   Brand News

80   Product Showcase

84   Advertiser Index

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