Two new Habanos Specialists in Ivory Coast. They are the second and third tobacconist with the prestigious Habanos Specialist logo in Cote‘d Ivoire. The first Habanos Specialist certificate was awarded late last year by Phoenicia. Phoenicia is the Habanos distributor for most of Africa and the Middle East. In Cote ‘D Ivoire they worked with a sub-distributor Afrique Tabacos.
Both new Habanos Specialist are related. They both share the same name, Zino Cigares. The inspiration for the name is obviously Zino Davidoff. This is ironic, as Zino Davidoff once publicly burned 100.000 Cuban cigars in protest over the poor quality.
The decoration in both shops is elegant. The design is to attract the attention of cigar enthusiasts. Both shops have a walk-in humidor of 35 square meters with a wide assortment of cigars. About 180 different Habanos references are available. All kept in perfect temperature and humidity.
The Habanos Specialists shops are located at C.C. CAP SUD – Boulevard VGE – Zone 4, Ivory Coast, and at AU PARKING DU ZINO CLUB – RUE DES JARDINS, VALLONS, Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast tobacco legislation
The tobacco laws are strict in Cote d’Ivoire as the correct name is. Even though the climate and soil make it possible to grow tobacco, the local government prohibits it. Packaging needs warning labels covering a minimum of 70% of the total, front and back. And they need a sticker that the product is sale authorized in Côte d’Ivoire. Internet sales and vending machines for tobacco are prohibited as well. And tobacco retailers require a permit from the government to sell tobacco.
Côte d’Ivoire is also one of the few countries that have a zero allowance for duty-free tobacco purchases. Advertising is illegal, just as giving away a sample. And if you’re a cigar enthusiast in Côte d’Ivoire, forget about swag. The government doesn’t allow it, even if it’s free swag. Pregnant women can’t smoke at all. The country also has very strict anti-smoke legislation when it comes to smoke-free zones.