Hillsborough

Casing supervisor Rene Garza places water-soaked tobacco leaves on racks in the basement of the J.C. Newman cigar factory. Dunking the leaves in water rehydrates them and is one of the first steps in the cigarmaking process.

J.C. Newman Cigar Co. cigarmakers won't roll over quietly

Every weekday, workers at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. roll out cigars on hand-operated machines that date back to the Depression era. They are the last remnants of Tampa's storied cigar history. But the company faces an uncertain future, its owners say, as the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate all cig …

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