Donated Equipment Will Help to Replace Animals in Respiratory Toxicity Testing Gaithersburg, Md. – The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., Imperial Brands PLC, Altria Client Services (ALCS), British American Tobacco (BAT) PLC, and Philip Morris International Inc have joined together to donate equipment that can help to replace the use of animals in respiratory testing with more human-relevant, non-animal test methods. The equipment – worth $110,000 and manufactured by Germany-based VITROCELL Systems – was donated to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a non-profit laboratory in Gaithersburg that conducts animal-free testing. It will be used in the IIVS in vitro respiratory toxicology laboratory, which helps companies assess the effects of tobacco, nicotine, and other aerosols on the human respiratory tract. Results from these tests will also help to show regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration, that non-animal methods are accurate and effective and can be used instead of tests on animals. PETA International Science Consortium purchased the VC-1 in 2017. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Amy Clippinger, president of the Science Consortium. This donation follows the Science Consortium’s gift of five VITROCELL in vitro exposure systems to laboratories around the world. “This latest donation takes us [...]


For release: CONTACT Rachel McKnett Kretek International Ventura Cigar is Rolling into the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Michael Giannini to Host rolling event at this year’s Festivities August 2019 – Bringing their signature unconventional approach to their cigars, Ventura Cigar Company will be hosting a cigar rolling event at this year’s Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival. Held on August 24, 2019 in Broomfield, Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Cigar festival brings together aficionados of spirits, cigars, wines, and food, with a full day of sampling, music, games, and activities. It’s an ideal setting for Ventura Cigar Company to showcase products with attendees, but they’ve decided to take it to the next level by holding a rolling event to share the craft behind their blends. Led by Michael Giannini, industry icon and General Manager for Ventura Cigar Company, the rolling event is expected to draw several hundred people, offering a hands-on approach to cigars. Guests of the rolling event will be treated to a VIP experience, as they roll their own Axis Mundi cigars, a popular blend from Ventura Cigar Company’s popular Archetype brand. “Sometimes, to really appreciate the experience, you have to get your hands dirty,” says Giannini. “It’s not enough [...]

Cigar & Spirits Magazine Featured on Fox Sports-Premier Boxing Champions Manny Pacquiao Pay Per View Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Irvine, CA July 22, 2019 Cigar & Spirits Magazine Cigar & Spirits Magazine Featured on Fox Sports-Premier Boxing Champions Manny Pacquiao Pay Per View Event This past Saturday, July 20th, during a live broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Cigar & Spirits Magazine was showcased during one of the year’s most highly anticipated sports television events. Analysts Kenny Albert and Shawn Porter revealed that Lennox Lewis is the current cover-interview of the magazine’s July-August issue. The two announcers complimented Lennox Lewis on his association with the magazine and displayed the eye-catching cover and inside feature article on-air to fight fans the world over. The bouts in Las Vegas were attended by over 14,000 fight fans and had a million plus pay per view audience. Cigar & Spirits Magazine CEO and Publisher Lincoln Salazar said, “We’re so pleased to have featured Lennox Lewis in the July-August issue. This collaboration brought together the boxing world, our print readership and social media followers in a big way. Lennox Lewis is a gentleman and a true champion. It’s inspiring to see Fox Sports Premier Boxing Champions bring boxing back to the masses.” The main event saw Manny [...]

Royal Agio Releases Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua

June 11 th, 2019 (Bradenton, Fla.) – Royal Agio Cigars USA announced today that they will be expanding the Balmoral Añejo XO lineup with the release of Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua. The new release will be displayed in the Royal Agio booth (Booth #3638) at the 2019 IPCPR Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV. The release of Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua further rounds out the lineup for Balmoral Añejo XO that currently includes Añejo XO (Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper), Añejo XO Connecticut and Añejo XO Oscuro (Mexican San Andrés wrapper). Once again, this new blend aligns directly with the blending philosophy of the Balmoral Añejo XO brand, which is about consistently delivering the optimal balance of sophisticated complexity and smoothness. Each meticulously crafted, extensively aged cigar blend is the result of a relentless curiosity and global search for the top 5% of select premium tobaccos available, including the exclusive, signature Brazilian Mata Norte, that combine to accentuate flavor notes with an underlying natural sweetness. When asked about the new Añejo XO Nicaragua blend, Boris Wintermans, 4th Generation CEO of Royal Agio Cigars stated, “The new Añejo XO Nicaragua is a special blend that has been in development for quite some time because, [...]

Daniel Marshall Brings Inaugural Modern Day Campfire to Graz, Austria

Los Angeles, CA (June 7, 2019) – Graz, Austria had its first DM Cigar Night. Hollywood cigar guru Daniel Marshall brought theDaniel Marshall Campfire cigar event to Graz, Austria, the childhood home of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Schwarzenegger Home, now a museum has rare Daniel Marshall Humidors and Cigars on display.The Graz star-studded event was hosted by Austrian real estate company, C & P Immobilien AG. Campfire events have been held worldwide from Beverly Hills to Berlin, Kitzbuhel, Austria and Shanghai.  Over 120 guests were in attendance including action star and former competitive bodybuilder Ralf Moeller, Olympic alpine medalist Hans Knauss, and No. 1 Austrian singer Andreas Gabalier. Those who attended the prestigious event enjoyed highly coveted Daniel Marshall cigars including the Golden Cigar and the Cigar Aficionado 92pt rated DM Red Label Robusto. Daniel Marshall’s Golden Cigar is the official gold cigar and is personally hand-rolled by Daniel Marshall with pure 24kt Florentine gold leaves. It is often hailed as one of the top celebratory cigars to create life’s most notable golden moments.  The Daniel Marshall Campfire event was celebrated by customers and friends of the hosts as they packed the rooftop terrace of C & P Immobilien AG’s Graz headquarters. DM cigars were eloquently paired with Padre Azul [...]


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 5, 2019 DAVID ORTIZ & EL ARTISTA CIGARS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A SECOND ‘BIG PAPI’ CIGAR BRAND (TAMBORIL, DO) – EL Artista Cigars announces a new line extension for the David Ortiz line of cigars. “David’s brand recognition is growing across many of his projects,” states Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, President of El Artista Cigars, “and over the last 3 years we have seen good growth in the Big Papi cigar line and we want cigar fans to have something new”. Titled “The Slugger” after Ortiz’s signature Home Run style, the new brand is stronger and larger than its predecessor. The new blend features a stippled deep brown San Andres maduro wrapper, flavorful Dominican Negrito binder, and fillers from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and US. In contrast to the first Ortiz Project, Big Papi, which was a medium blend, The Slugger includes several ligero tobaccos for a noticeably stronger smoke. Developed by El Artista Cigars in conjunction with Ortiz, the blend was created as a response to Big Papi fan and retailer requests, “We have hosted dozens of events with Big Papi since 2016 and gathered a lot of feedback from fans about what the next blend [...]

Plasencia Cigars is launching Alma del Fuego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Angie Diaz – 786-347-4775 Plasencia Cigars to Introduce Alma del Fuego at IPCPR 2019 MIAMI – June 5, 2019 – Plasencia Cigars, one of the world’s leading premium tobacco growers, announces the launch of Alma del Fuego, the third of five cigars that make up its signature Alma Series. The official debut will take place at this year’s International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show, from June 28 – July 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. “We are beyond grateful and excited for the opportunity to launch the third cigar of our already popular Alma Series collection at IPCPR, amongst our fellow cigar aficionados,” announced Nestor Andrés Plasencia, CEO of Plasencia Cigars. “Alma del Fuego is a manifestation of our ongoing commitment to offer top-quality cigars to both our retailers and consumers, and to continue building on our family’s over 150-year tobacco legacy.” Alma del Fuego, which translates to “Soul of the Fire,” is a representation of the volcanic soils that stem from the iconic Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, the land where the majority of the filler tobacco leaves for this cigar were harvested. A [...]

Alan Rubin Announces Initial Lars Tetens Relaunch Brands

For Immediate Release Ahead of 2019 IPCPR, Alan Rubin Announces Initial Lars Tetens Relaunch Brands and Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 4, 2019) Alec Bradley Cigar Co. founder Alan Rubin first announced his acquisition of Lars Tetens Brands in April of this year. The acquisition created a partnership between the two cigar makers, Lars Tetens and Alan Rubin; as well as a sales and distribution agreement with Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Since 1979 Lars Tetens has been renowned in the cigar world for innovating a unique and labor intensive conditioning process using essential oils and botanicals to make the most exotic premium cigars on the market. Conditioned cigars are new to the world of Alec Bradley and at the time of announcement, neither Alan nor Lars speculated as to which of the plethora of cigar brands Lars Tetens would resurrect under the new partnership. Only a few weeks ahead of the 2019 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Trade Show in Las Vegas, representatives from Alec Bradley can confirm that the new online home for Lars Tetens is; as well, they have announced the initial brands that are being relaunched in full scale. “This is a very [...]

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