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August,
2006



Retail Strategy:
Branding, Banding, or B.S.
What Drives Consumer Cigar Buyers?

By Jeff Bolton
In the end, it may be as simple as basic personal preference, but there's plenty of industry debate as to what influences brand-selecting decisions among cigar smokers.
RTDA2006 Wrap-Up:
Premium Picks for the Holiday Hits
Story and photos by Richard Carleton Hacker
This year's RTDA show offered a slew of fine cigar and accessories ideal for discerning holiday shoppers.
Taxation Issues:
Capping Cigar Taxes...
By Dale Scott
What began as a lonely long shot in the late 1990s has now been successfully repeated three times: rolling back an extremely high cigar excise tax rate and replacing it with a moderate flat tax per stick. The proven model could now be set to restore in-state cigar sales nationwide.






Gifts and Accessories for Cigar, Pipe, and Cigarette Smokers


Industry Fights Proposition 86!
- by E. Edward Hoyt III



What's Happening and Where in the Tobacco Industry


Trends and Trendsetters in Specialty Tobacco Retailing


Merchandise and News from the Pipe World


Tobacco Products and Industry Promotions


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