Episode 3: The Cigar Rights of America

James welcomes the executive director of the Cigar Rights of America, Glynn Loope, and one of the CRA Ambassadors for the state of Iowa, Timothy Allen, to Simply Stogies. They discuss what the Cigar Rights of America does, how the FDA is trying to regulate the premium cigar industry, how the CRA is pushing back against that, how cigar enthusiasts and aficionados can get involved, and how the current political climate plays a role.

To become a member of the Cigar Rights of America and help them in their fight to protect our cigar rights please go to 

To see a list of current state and federal cigar issues please visit and choose your state

If you have questions concerning the Cigar Rights of America, please email

You can follow the Cigar Rights of America on Twitter @CigarRights and on instagram

You can follow Glynn Loope on Twitter @GlynnLoope

You can follow Timothy Allen on Twitter @MidwestAshes

Episode 2: A Short Story

For Episode 2, James discusses the proper storage and humidification of cigar, and also reviews the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. James tells you about his journey through cigar storage and humidification, while also giving you the very basics of what you need to know. James briefly touches on the “mold v plume” debate and emphasizes the importance proper humidification and storage. James then gives his review of the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. He regails you with his first encounter with this gem of a stogie, before reviewing it. Enjoy the stories and stay smokey.


Episode 1: The Journey

For the inaugural episode of Simply Stogies, James takes you along on how his journey through the world of cigars got started. He recalls his decision to begin cigar smoking, the first few cigars he tried, and how his collection has grown. James has something for both new cigar smokers and veteran aficionados for his very first episode!