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David Garofalo

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

I rarely do formal cigar reviews for The Cigar Authority, I have people for that (Hi Barry), but coming back from the PCA Cigar Trade Show 12 days ago with Covid and smoking no cigars in a week, I found my palate ultra-sensitive. I hear that some people lose their sense of taste and smell as a symptom from the Covid virus, but I think the opposite happened to me, so why waste it. I […]

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Two Guys Smoke Shop 36th Anniversary Tickets On Sale May 1st, 2021

This Saturday, May 1st, 2021 tickets go on sale as Two Guys Smoke Shop celebrates their time in the premium cigar business with a gala event they call their Anniversary Party. Two Guys Smoke Shop has been doing this since they began their business in 1985 and with cigar lovers around the world. This is the premier event, the must see show, and there are lots of reasons for that. Two Guys Smoke Shop, the […]

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As I See It – Altria (Philip Morris) To Sell Premium Cigar Division of Nat Sherman – David Garofalo Editorial

(Oct 23, 2019) – I can’t say that I was surprised or unhappy for the overall good of the entire cigar industry, but as predicted and expected, Altria Group, after just 1,000 days since purchasing Nat Sherman will sell off the Premium cigar segment of the operation. Altria is the parent company of Philip Morris. In January of 2017 Altria purchased Nat Sherman, a luxury cigarette company who also owned and operated a premium cigar division […]

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Banned in Boston… The War on Tobacco Continues – A David Garofalo Editorial

BANNED IN BOSTON… THE WAR ON TOBACCO CONTINUES Another Editorial by David Garofalo It’s Columbus Day, a day to celebrate the discovery of Tobacco and Cigars, and a day to discover why there is a war against tobacco. A few weeks ago, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker placed a four-month ban on all vaping products in response to the popularity of e-cigarettes and after nine people died in the United States from a mysterious […]

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Cigar Tax for On-Line Sales Set to Take Effect – A David Garofalo Editorial

CIGAR TAX FOR ON-LINE SALES SET TO TAKE EFFECT Editorial by David Garofalo This whole thing began with the growth on the internet and the 1992 Supreme Court case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota,  that determined due to the constitutional law, states could not collect sales taxes from purchases made by their residents from out-of-state vendors that did not have a physical presence within that state, barring legislation from the United States Congress that would allow them to […]

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It’s Tax Day Again and Still Unfair to the Smoker – A David Garofalo Editorial

It’s Tax Day again, and still unfair to the smoker. Another Editorial by David Garofalo The discrimination against smokers, buyers and sellers of tobacco products all began in 1794, when the secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton introduced the first ever, federal excise tax. It was on tobacco products only, and after some major modifications, Hamilton’s original proposal passed only to be repealed shortly thereafter. It was believed to have an insignificant effect on the federal budget. Even though Hamilton’s […]

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Sometimes I Hate To Be Right – David Garofalo Editorial

Sometimes I hate to be right! Another Editorial by David Garofalo Seeing a big tobacco giant like Altria, parent company of Philip Morris getting into the Premium Cigar business with their acquisition of Nat Sherman in January or 2017 was like an alarm going off to me.  Oh no… they are going to screw this up for all the premium cigar makers, retailers and consumers… I just know it. Some estimated they paid as much […]

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The Industry That I’m Proud To Be A Little Part Of… The Cigar Industry – A David Garofalo Editorial

The Industry That I’m Proud To Be A Little Part Of… The Cigar Industry On Friday December 8, 2017, a sea of people, turned out to the Biltmore Hotel in Miami Florida for a night of celebration, to honor the life of the patriarch and founder of a family owned and operated company. It was a who’s who of the industry. Industry leaders, including competitors, from just about every company came to pay their respects. […]

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Editorial – Dave’s Trip To Cuba (Legally) – The Conclusion

Day 6 and “The Shocking Conclusion” We all packed our bags in the morning (included would be my $100 worth of legal Cuban Cigars and alcohol combined) had my last Cuban Coffee in Cuba and 2 more cigars before we got ready to Hurry-Up and Wait! This is what I hate most about traveling, especially out of the country and even more so to and from Cuba. They want you there 5 hours early and […]

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Editorial | Dave’s Trip To Cuba – Day Five

Day 5 Today we will take a walk to Old Havana Square. We met in the Hotel lobby to start our day. As we approach the area I notice the streets are crowded with people dancing in the street. The streets are paved with what looks like bricks but a closer look shows they are not bricks but wood blocks stained with brick color. In the town square the road turns to a circle with […]

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