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October 1998
Volume 25
Number 5



ShopTalk with Jim Lawson:
Reflections from Afar - What's New in Pipes

At this year's RTDA trade show, there was a modicum of uncertainty regarding the cigar trade - too many brands competing in a maturing market. But interest in pipes, as well as sales, seemed to have been escalating. Take a look at some of the pipe lines offered at the show.
RTDA Review:
Manufacturers Offer Cigars Galore
by Bob Ashley
With a dizzying array of merchandise to select from, retailers had the upper hand at the industry's traditional merchandise order-writing show. This year, the major manufacturers came on strong, with numerous deals and strong support.
Region Report:
Indonesia: It's Tobaccos and Cigars

It was spices and tobaccos that brought Indonesia its early success in international trade. Now, after years without representation in U.S.-bound cigars, a new variety of wrapper leaf and a modern cigar plant have restored the "Spice Islands" to their former prominence in U.S. humidors.
Q & A:
Carlos Fuente, Jr.

The Fuente family has achieved near-celebrity status in its many years in the cigar industry. Carlos "Carlito" Fuente, Jr. took a few moments from his hectic schedule at the RTDAshow in Nashville to speak with Smokeshop and discuss Fuente cigars and the current face of the industry.






Gifts and Accessories for Cigar, Pipe, and Cigarette Smokers


California Smokers Have Choices;
Retail Tobacco Shops Don't



What's Happening and Where in the Tobacco Industry


Tobacco Scores Two Big Regulation "Victories"


Products and News from the Pipe World


Tobacco Products and Industry Promotions


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