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December,
2008



34 Retail Profile
Sir Wilfred Gets the Goods

By Will Hoover
In 1977, Bill Burton’s love of cigars led him to open Sir Wilfred’s in Maui, today the island’s pre-eminent cigar and Hawaiian coffee retailer.
40 Legislative Issues
Altadis: Lots at Stake

By E. Edward Hoyt III
With merchandise in every single cigar sub-category, Altadis U.S.A. president and c.e.o. Theo Folz warily analyzes every legislative threat.
46 Boutique Cigars
Next Generation ‘Gars

By Dale Scott
STC Cigars alum George A. Rico breaks out on his own with G.A.R Cigars to fulfill his youthful vision of blending and brand development.
52 European Cigarmakers
Villiger & Sons at 120

Staff Report
Europe’s oldest tobacco company celebrates one milestone with another: the launch of Villiger 1888, its first premium hand rolled cigar.
56 Manufacturer Spotlight
Uncommon Growth

By Augustus Farragut
Commonwealth Brands benefits from an infusion of products, resources, and expertise from its new corporate parent, Imperial Tobacco.
60 Smokeless Update
Dissolvables: Reynolds Looks Beyond Snus

By Kyle Timlin
Camel Sticks, Orbs, and Strips to join Camel Snus in expanding the frontier.
62 Smokeless Focus
Revved Up and Ready

By Max Gartman
Southern Smokeless debuts Marine Corporal-invented energy dip.
66 NATO News
Time Runs Out in 2008

By Thomas Briant
Legislative action on SCHIP and FDA oversight will wait until 2009.


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Gifts and Accessories for Cigar, Pipe,
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Assessing the Impact of an Obama Presidency, and Democratic Congress
- by E. Edward Hoyt III



What's Happening and Where
in the Tobacco Industry



Tobacco Products and Industry Promotions


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