Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 21 September 2009

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New Orleans, sadly, in spite of the New Orleans Convention Center’s desire to have the IPCPR there (and they signed up for two years), there were unnecessary and annoying impediments to smoking. The exhibitors couldn’t smoke when setting up (Saturday, August 8th) and when dismantling (Wednesday, August 12th after 1:00 PM); nor could you leave the Exhibit Hall and cross the lobby, to exit the building, with a lighted cigar! Does anyone else hear the sound of jackboots hitting the pavement?

In these difficult economic times, focused on an activity (cigar smoking), beset by taxes, bans, and restrictions, the exhibitors at the 77th Annual Convention and Trade Show set forth to show their wares to several hundred tobacconists and associated retailers that came from all over the country - and from foreign lands - to see what was new. An integral part of the annual event was to enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of people you don’t get to see all that frequently.

There were dinners, receptions, lunches every day, seminars and one official business meeting of the IPCPR, at which the new President, Gary Pesh of Old Virginia Tobacco, was installed.

New products from cigar makers and accessory makers were the focus of the event. Like every other industry, it is new products that stimulate the market. And, we noted that there were serious orders being written by many of the companies with interesting new cigars and/or products. 


0 # Great articleRon1369 2009-09-21 11:06
As I read this I could only be thankful that cigar making has not been outlawed yet by all the out of their mind liberals that think they should tell others what is best for them.
I also look at the present and at all of the great cigars that we have the ability to buy and enjoy right now, we are in a crazy world at the moment but I think that if we all stick together we can save what we love and send it into the future for others to be able to enjoy.
We can not let those that do not enjoy cigar smoking make it an illegal activity or one that is so costly to us that it will be almost impossible to be able to afford.
We need to keep fighting so that we don't lose the rights we have today to enjoy this great hobby and past time we share so we can have it in the future to enjoy.
There would be a lot of great cigar makers out of work if we let the few take away that which so many of us enjoy. I can only hope and pray that the same thing that happened to alcohol doesn't happen to the tobacco enthusiast.
Remember to vote and get these politicians out of office that are trying to take what we love away from us.

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0 # Great ArticleKevin Fish 2009-09-22 12:25
Just the kind of actual cigar relevant information i've been looking for. I feel as if i attended myself!

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+1 # ThanksKevin Godbee 2009-09-25 23:35
Thanks guys. I'm glad you enjoyed the coverage of IPCPR.

There is another article coming with more info on several more new cigars coming out. It was too much to fit into one article.

Watch for it in the coming days.

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