|Tampa's last cigar factory fights for survival|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
TAMPA — You know how Tampa came to be known as the “Cigar City,” right?
There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. Political events that include the U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.
There is only one still in business, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. on North 16th Street in Ybor City. The company dates back 119 years to when Julius C. Newman — he went by the initials J.C. — founded his cigar-making operation in Cleveland.
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