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Big Stick Cigars Wins PCA Award

This is truly an incredible honor. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the Premium Cigar Association for this prestigious award. To be recognized by such an esteemed organization within the cigar community is beyond words.


The Step Up Awards were awarded by the PCA Government Affairs team to recognize retailers for their extraordinary advocacy efforts. “2023 was a monumental year for premium cigar advocacy and a lot of the success can be attributed to the group being honored with these awards,” said Joshua Habursky, deputy executive director of the PCA. “We hope that this recognition will inspire other retailers to become involved in advocacy and help support the industry at the federal, state, and local levels.”

Winners of this year’s Step Up Awards are as follows:

Michael Frey – Cigar Box, Nevada

Ken Weinheimer – Rocky Mountain Liquor, Montana

Josh Evarts – Vault 1905, Idaho

Paul Banducci – The Racketeer Lounge, Idaho

Josette Dupree – Big Stick Cigars, North Dakota

Nick Casinelli – Connecticut Cigar Co., Connecticut

  On March 24, 2024, the Premium Cigar Association announced the recipients of the 2024 Step Up and Best of the Leaf Awards. Find out which tobacconists were recognized.

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