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On June 25th, Canada’s Federal Department of Health published draft regulations outlining new packaging requirements for all tobacco products sold in Canada. These new requirements include traditional cigars. As proposed, these regulations under the new Bill called Bill S-5, will cause unnecessary harm and injury to independently owned and operated cigar stores and their suppliers across Canada.
Our industry is not the big tobacco companies that produce cigarettes. Our industry, specialist tobacco product, is made up of cigar stores that are small family owned businesses. We sell these hand made products crafted by women and men in the developing world to adults here in Canada. Health Canada acknowledges that if their Bill is implemented fully, more than fifty percent of the cigars currently available in Canada will disappear from our shelves as most manufacturers will refuse or be unable to comply with the new rules due to cost.
Traditional cigars account for less than .01% of the tobacco products sold in Canada but are almost 100% of the business of Canada’s cigar shops. This new legislation, if passed without an exemption for specialist tobacco product, will cause unnecessary loss of jobs in Canada, and in the small factories making these products in Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
The Better Cigar Plan
There is a better way to address the tobacco issues regulated in Health Canada’s Bill S-5: it is the Better Cigar Plan. The Better Cigar Plan achieves the aims of Health Canada’s legislation while insuring collateral damage to the traditional cigar industry is entirely avoided. We have until September 6th, 2018 to make our collective voices heard during what is called the Consultation Period.
The Better Cigar Plan adopts the British model for plain packaging. The Better Cigar Plan would ask that specialist tobacco products be exempt from Bill S-5. Britain exempted traditional cigars from their legislation because they realized that cigars have no appeal to youth. In doing so, health authorities in Britain managed to enforce Plain and Standardized Packaging on 99% of their tobacco market without causing unnecessary harm to the cigar industry in the UK.
We aim to achieve the same, insuring that small family-run enterprises across Canada would be spared the disastrous effects of this legislation.
We need your help
We have drafted a letter that we need you to send to your local MP. Not sure who that is exactly or how to get ahold of them? We’ve got you covered!
Select your province from the dropdown below, then select your city. This will give you a list of your local MPs. Click on one of them and it will open up your email a new message which you can edit or send as is.
Once you've selected your province and city from the dropdown lists below, click on the email address of the MP you'd like to send the letter to and your email program should open with the pre-populated email for your MP. Be sure to sign your name at the bottom of the email.
Breaking News & Happenings at Goodfellas
July 14th - After patiently awaiting our special order for 5 months, pipe tobaccos from Robert McConnell and Rattray have arrived. Enjoy the celebrated blends from Rattray, Old Gowrie, Red Rapparee, Black Mallory and Malcolm Flake. From McConnell we have Scottish Cake, Scottish Flake, Scottish Blend and Original Oriental. Legendary offerings.
July 3rd - A new arrival to our shop from Goodfellas favourite Joya de Nicaragua. The Rosalones Reserva Corona offers an excellent value for a high quality stick.
June 1st - New Arrival from Habanos: the Partagas Serie No.1, 2017 Limited Edition.
January 20th - A few exciting new arrivals: Joya de Nicaragua Black Nocturno; Rocky Patel & Hamlet Paredes 25th Year; Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria; The new Goodfellas Value House Cigar The Rat
December 13th - Just in time for Christmas! Exciting rare arrivals from Cuba. The all new Cohiba Talisman 2017 Limited Edition,
December 9th - We've re-supplied our Starbuzz. Now fully stocked again, including favourite flavours like Pirate's Cave, Blue Mist, Watermelon and many more.
December 2nd - We've hand selected some great Christmas gift packs available at both locations. Three to choose from: Intro to Cigars (A Beginner starter Pack), Best of the Best (Five of Cigar Aficionados #1's from different years, including the LFD Bull), Taste the World (Featuring one cigar from the top 5 Cigar producing countries: Cuba, Nicargua, Dominican, Honduras and Mexico.)
November 30th - Brand new assortment of Zippo NHL lighters. All your favourite teams: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnepeg, Las Vegas, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Detroit, Pitsburgh, Chicago.
October 25th - The latest and final entries in CAO's Amazon trilogy have arrived. The Amazon Fuma em Corda and Amazon Anaconda are available at both shops. While supplies last, once they're gone, they're gone!
October 20th - Two legendary cigars have arrived. Drew Estates Liga Privada No.9 and T52, two highly sought after and exquisite smokes, are now available at our Downtown location.
October 10th - Davidoff's exciting new release, featuring Scoth cask aged tobacco, the Winston Churchill Late Hour is already receiving outstanding reviews and is now on our shelf. Also from Davidoff, the 702 Series is now available.
September 15th - Goodfellas is excited to make available cigars from Nick Melilo's (Drew Estates former master blender) new company: Foundation Cigars. El Gueguense was #25 on Cigar Aficionado's cigars of the year last year, while The Tabernacle and Charter Oak lines have been exceptionally well received. Get in on the ground floor of a legend in the making.
September 1st - We've got a new House Blend Pipe Tobacco, Pacific Winds, in our line up. This expertly balanced, medium bodied English style pipe tobacco is sure to please the connoisseurs that try it.
June 27th - A few more exceptional new arrivals: Balmoral Anejo XO Rothschild Masivo, Drew Estate Acid Kuba Kuba, Davidoff Winston Churchill White Label Robusto & Davidoff Yamasa Robusto.
A little while ago, we mentioned that if any of our regular customers had written tobacco-related short fiction we would be willing to host a copy of their work on our web site. We were pleasantly surprised with the number of submissions that we received and while they were all enjoyable reads, we had to select one for publication; we polled our email list regulars to determine which story they liked best and the winner is now readable here on our site.
A Winter Smoke.
Winter in Victoria can be gloomy, for sure. Sometimes the clouds stay so long you almost forget
Breaking In A Pipe.
One of the most important things to remember when you buy a new pipe is to smoke it slowly. Try not to let it heat up too much so as to avoid burning the wood. Smoke your pipe with short and gentle puffs. If the bowl of your pipe is too hot for you to hold then you are burning the briar and your puffs are probably too long or too frequent. Read More...
What is going on?
Over the past decade, society has been moving in an alarming direction. More and more of the basic freedoms and pleasures that citizens once took for granted are being restricted or banned in the name of safety. Read More...
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