Dear Fellow Smokers:
I have a favor to ask. It’s not for me, but for the entire cigar industry that gives us so much pleasure. This industry is facing a challenge and we all need to lend our support.
The single most impressive thing about cigar smokers is how we all come together. It’s common for a doctor, a tradesman and college student to all share their passion for the the leaf. I see dinner tables and wedding receptions full of friends who met via their love of cigars. However, as much as the cigar community sticks together, I don’t think that we are doing all we can to fight for our smoking rights.
Here is what I’d like to ask you to do…
Join the CRA. Do it immediately. This organization is fighting the federal and local governments to keep cigar smoking regulations at a minimum. We are losing these battles largely because we are underfunded. It’s just $35 to join and your investment will go a long way.
What else can you do? Think about your favorite brands and vote with your wallet. Research which companies are investing in the future of the industry and which ones are letting others do the work. Ask your local cigar shop who supports them. Also, learn which of your senators and members of congress are helping with the regulations. Vote accordingly.
Support your local B&M. Having a place to enjoy your cigar is special, but having a quality environment where you can relax, make friends and learn more about the cigar-making is something extraordinary. I cannot think of anywhere else that spawns more quality relationships than a neighborhood cigar shop.
The cigar business has always been challenging. However, it is growing increasingly more challenging each day, week and month. It seems like you hear about a new smoking regulation almost every week. New corporate cigar stores and online cigar purveyors are also threatening the cozy, neighborhood cigar shop. Do your part by finding a local retail store that serves you well and support them the best way you know how…by frequenting their store.
Lastly, and most importantly, invite a coworker, someone from your softball league or the guy who sits next to you at church to join you for a cigar and some great conversation. We have something special here in the world cigar community. Together we can make it even better and guarantee that it will continue to exist for to one day enjoy a cigar with our son or grandson.