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Nica Puro Festival 2018

Nicaragua’s Golden Age

The Nicaraguan cigar industry is doing better than ever, despite worldwide tobacco regulations, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of...
States are Incubators for Tobacco Legislation

The States are the Incubators for Tobacco Legislation

As we settle into the new year and start to pursue in earnest our personal goals of renewal and resolutions, state legislatures from coast...
San Francisco Proposed Tobacco Flavor Ban

Showdown in San Francisco Over Proposed Flavor Ban

Though many in the industry have been focused on the continuing deadlines and regulations brought about by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming...
Navigating Legislative and Regulatory Change TPE 2018

Navigating Legislative and Regulatory Change

As the premium tobacco and vapor industries are increasingly falling under the scrutiny of anti-smoking forces, questions about compliance with legislative, legal and regulatory...
TPE 2018 NATO Legislative Outlook

NATO’s 2018 Legislative Outlook

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations perennially top retailers’ list of concerns, yet the threat of local ordinances is probably the biggest...
Tobacco Plus Expo Vapor: A Suvivor's Game

Vapor: A Survivor’s Game

In August 2017, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a four-year extension of the deadline for pre-market tobacco product applications (PMTAs)...
Pathways to Growth TPE 2018 Panel

4 Pathways to Growth for Tobacco Businesses

What does it take for a tobacco business to grow in today's overly regulated and competitive marketplace? That was a question a panel of...
Hugh Cassar and Family

Driven: Kretek International’s Hugh Cassar, Part 2

To outside observers, the 81-year-old Cassar seems to have the Midas touch, as each company he adds to the Kretek International portfolio becomes a...

The LighterBro: Fire Plus Function

When the two entrepreneurs behind LighterBro first met, back in 2006, the idea of designing and launching a product was just one of those...
Rene Castaneda, President of Villiger Cigars North America

Lead by Example: Villiger Cigars North America’s Rene Castañeda

A business is only as successful as the person who leads it. Rene Castañeda, president of Villiger Cigars North America, has spent the past...
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