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Saturday, 16 February 2013

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altLast week’s Grammy awards in Los Angeles gave tobacco loving celebs the chance to schmooze and smoke—and we don’t mean just cigars. We also have welcome allies in the fight against cigar regulation, an impertinent new cigar and a couple of smoke shops in the heartland.

 

 

 



How Rick Ross Rolls

At last week’s Grammy Awards, Maybach Music honcho Rick Ross was stylin’ on the red carpet in a Tom Ford tux and smokin’ a big stogie. Ross was nominated for Best Rap Album but lost to Drake. Still, he looks like a winner to us.

 

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Ross is lucky to be alive after an unknown shooter fired a hail of bullets into his Rolls Royce in Ft. Lauderdale last month.

Also spotted enjoying a cigar during Grammy night was Nas, who puffed on a pricey stogie while conversing with Rihanna at Island Def Jam’s post-Grammy party. Rihanna, who’s known for her love of cigars, has rekindled her romance with former boyfriend Chris Brown, despite his being still on probation for beating her up on the night before the 2009 Grammys.

The pair seemed in a more peaceful mood during this year, probably due to the joints they were seen smoking at the after party at Supperclub in Hollywood.


Heights Cigar Lounge Lights Up Houston

While cigars seem like an afterthought at some establishments, they take center stage at the Heights Cigar Lounge in Houston. This friendly spot, which serves no alcohol, is a great place to savor the cigar experience.


When Carroll lost his job after spending 15 years in the corporate world, he decided it was time to follow his passion. “I set back and started thinking about what if. I went from having no job to being an entrepreneur.”

That’s when Carroll made the switch from computers to cigars and opened the Heights Cigar Lounge in 2010. He did have some concerns that the market for cigars had diminished due to health concerns. As he recalled, "There was a collapse. The market shrank for sure."

That did not deter him from starting what he felt could be a lucrative business. "There was a downturn, but I wasn't afraid of that. I wasn't afraid of there not being a market. There will always be some type who smokes tobacco."

Now he thinks that things have turned around. "I believe we're in a cigar renaissance."

If he’s right, his Heights Cigar Lounge is just the place to take advantage of it. The space includes a shop with walk-in humidor and a lounge with the requisite leather furniture, big screen TVs and pool tables.

The lounge has become so popular that there’s a waiting list for private memberships that allow customers to rent lockers for their cigars at a rate of $35 per month or $300 per year.

Heights Cigar Lounge is located at 240 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008. 832-487-9086


Ambassadors from Central America Denounce Cigar Regulation

Cigar Rights of America, which has been leading the fight against FDA regulation of premium cigars, just got a group of powerful allies. Ambassadors from the prime cigar producing countries of Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic have penned a letter to the Obama administration decrying such regulations.

The letter states: “If history is any precedent, some of the regulations that could be imposed by the agency would prove disastrous to the centuries old cigar industry that provides more than 350,000 jobs among our three nations, and represents millions of dollars in export revenue. No regulatory measure should threaten such jobs, and hence raise the specter of political and economic consequences within our region.”

Hopefully, the powers that be in the federal government will finally be convinced that regulating premium cigars like cigarettes is a very bad idea.






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