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Online Cigar Business Heats Up

Where there's online smoke, there's competition, at least in the cigar business. Syosset, NY-based Synergy Brands Inc. is launching Netcigar.com in time for Father's Day and the start of the golfing season.

The site will go head-to-head with a host of online cigar retailers, including various cigar manufacturers. Yahoo! even lists cigar smoking as a hobby.

Synergy's grand opening promotion includes a free one-year subscription to Smoke Magazine to all qualifying customers. The company also said it plans to launch an advertising campaign for Netcigar.com through online channels and traditional media.

The e-commerce site offers a variety of brand name hand made cigars as well as premium hand made cigars that are produced in the company's Dominican Republic affiliate factory. There's also a gift shop that includes leather golf and luggage items, golf related novelty items for the home, cigar accessories and fragrances for both men and women.

Netcigar.com also features cigar-related content, including cigar editorials content, cigar reviews and chat rooms. On February 26, Synergy Brands launched its first e-commerce Web site, BeautyBuys.com, which offers beauty care products.