Thursday, April 12, 2012

Protect the Cigar Industry! Sign the Petition!


Help Protect Premium Cigars from FDA Regulation!

On April 26, 2010, December 20, 2010, July 7, 2011, and again on February 13, 2012 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration publicly posted their intent to regulate cigars in the Federal Register, so it is incumbent upon the cigar enthusiasts of the United States to voice their opposition to any proposed new regulation of premium/traditional cigars by the United States Government.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration answers to one boss - The White House. Now that tens of thousands of this nation's cigar enthusiasts have voiced their opposition to Congress, it's time to send a message to the Office of the President. It's time for President Obama to tell the FDA - "Stay out of America's humidors!"

H.R. 1639 has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives; and a companion bill, Senate Bill 1461, has been filed in the Senate. Both are filed under the banner of the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act . This bi-partisan legislation would decree that premium/traditional cigars should be off limits to FDA regulation and, 'to clarify the Food & Drug Administration's jurisdiction' in the 'sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.'

Such legislation could have a profound impact on protecting the industry, from the fields and factories of Central America , to the supply-chain throughout this nation, to the community tobacconist, to enjoying a cigar in the local shop, club or back porch.

With over 85,000 American jobs associated with the premium/traditional cigar business, this is an issue of economic stability for thousands of Main Street America small businesses. The community tobacconist is an institution that spans the history of the nation. The federal government has no business threatening them with new regulations, user fees, and efforts that smack nothing short of modern day prohibition.

We can assure you, nothing could rip the soul of the cigar industry apart, like FDA actions. For example, some of the (again) hypothetical possibilities, but that are not beyond the realm of reason include: No more walk in humidors (Canadian model); Limits on advertising and promotions; Banning the very word cigar or tobacco; Manufacturers having to submit blends to FDA for "testing," before heading to your local shop - imagine the impact on boutique cigar makers; Adverse impact on flavored tobacco products that are made for adults; And price impact due to new fees on manufacturers. This, is the short list.

CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.

CIGAR RIGHTS OF AMERICA | 5105 E. Los Angeles Ave | Suite 155 | Simi Valley | CA | 93063

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Help Prevent FDA Cigar Regulation


Greetings vigilant fans of fine cigars. PLEASE SHARE CRITICAL INFO: Join IPCPR/CRA in asking President to prevent FDA Regulation of Premium Cigars - 30 days to get 25k signatures.

Click here to sign

--IPCPR staff (@theIPCPR)

Until the next post siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cigars As An Investment Vehicle


Greetings faithful fans of Habana Port. Now we all know gold has seen record highs the past year but what about other investment vehicles? Some savy investors look to precious metals other than gold, fine cars, real estate, even art (including comic books). Some investors buy wines known as investment wines. These are usually vintage bottles that are rare yet famous and quite desired. Typically the price and value of the wine appreciates over time (due to rarity and other factors).

The same principle can be applied to cigars. A fine handmade cigar is a luxury and right now the premium cigar industry is ripe with many boutique and small-batch cigar lines. Many are limited in production so there is an intrinsic value to these cigars. Many scrupulous cigar collectors are purchasing these cigars and storing them while the price of these cigars increases in value after a few years.

Our partner site at is a great cigar retailer that offers these precious cigars. Their e-commerce-based humidor offers a variety of rare cigars that will increase in value over time thereby making the investment a smart one for you, the buyer. All one has to do is visit the site and glance over the premium cigar category.

Some rare cigars that will earn you a return if you hold onto the cigars include EP Carrillo Short Run 2011s, the microbatch Four Kicks (which is only found in less than 120 shops around the world), the Padilla by Studio Tobac 2011, the La Verite 2008 by Tatuaje (a concept similar to a single-lot vintner and this is the first from Pete Johnson; very rare!) and Viaje's Holiday Blend 2011.

This cigar is almost guaranteed to see a great return on investment in just 5 years. Get them at while we have them.

Of course if you are a just a regular cigar fan and do not wish to buy cigars as an investment vehicle, offers great and competitive prices on regular production cigars like Acid Blondies and Montecristo cigars.

And what is finally great about the fine Certified Retail Tobacconists at is that you can email them at and they will respond to you quickly. They don't make you feel like a rookie as they love to spread the passion of the fine cigar and take their time delightfully educating you.

So if you would like to diversify your investments, then consider the brown gold also known as the cigar, but make sure to buy from a trusted and knowledgeable retailer like who can show you what you need based on your preferences and goals.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port