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Smoking Shields was established in 2015 to address the lack of a fraternal organization of law enforcement professionals who shared their passion of enjoying premium cigars and a desire to help our nation’s heroes.

The main purpose of Smoking Shields is to provide financial assistance to law enforcement officers and military personnel, to help them and their families, in a time of need. 

Smoking Shields FL was established in 2017 and is comprised of members from all aspects of law enforcement in Tampa Bay.  Our chapter is one of 10 chapters in the United States. 

Please click here to contact us about membership. 

Join us at our Casino Night Fundraiser, supporting first responders and military personnel in need.

$75 registration fee gets you:

Open bar

1 JC Newman Cigar

Cocktail style food

$2,500 in play money

$100 registration fee gets you:

Open bar

1 JC Newman Cigar

Cocktail style food

$7,500 in play money 

Buy extra chips at event:

$25 = $2,500

$35 = $5,000

$50 = $7,500

Casual dress 

Open to the public! Invite your friends and family but remind them this is a smoking event. 

Each Raffle ticket will cost $2,000 in chips.  Buy as many as you like to increase your odds to win a raffle prize.


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The new club cigar is here!

It was made by Espinosa Cigars and is a 6x52 box pressed Nicaraguan puro, with a dark Habano wrapper. It is full of flavor and only available at the Cigar Castle in packs of 5!


The cost of the cigars are $40 per 5-pack plus tax. Atul Solanki, a member of our organization and owner of the Cigar Castle, will donate a large portion of the proceeds to the club. This is certainly a fun way to raise money!


The Cigar Castle is located at 11724 N 56th St. Tampa, FL 33617 and the phone number is (813) 985-1300. Atul will ship the cigars to you if you cannot make it by his shop. 

Your Board of Directors has voted to add the status of Life Member to 7 members of Smoking Shields FL.   Each of these members has a love for law enforcement and military personnel.  They have made a huge impact to our organization by supporting us through donations, their time and of course some of them opened up their "homes"  to us.  Thank you all for what you have done to help grow Smoking Shields FL.  

Oscar Cardoso
Pat Ferguson
Carlito Fuente, Jr
Joe Meket
Bobby Newman
Atul Solanki
Angela Yue

We raised $14,000! Thank you everyone for your support!

Smoking Shields would like to give an additional shout out to Carissa Hefta, Local Real Estate Expert with Keller Williams Tampa Properties for donating the 55” LED Smart TV for one of our Grand Raffle Prizes. You can look for Carissa on her following social media links via FB, Instagram, OR in person as she hand delivers (the raffle tv) accompanied by her Veteran Husband Daniel. Carissa looks forward to meeting you all and helping anyway she can! 


Also a big thanks to member Bob "Hollywood" Martin for donating this gaming table which was part of the live auction. Other items in the live auction included a certificate from Seminole Hard Rock and Hotel and  Opus X cigars.


The 2023 Smoker Fundraiser was held on March 11, 2023, at the Cigar Castle in Temple Terrace from 11 AM to 3 PM. Thank you to all the people and businesses that donated items to make this another great event.  Each year we raise more money than the year before.  

The Cigar Heritage Festival presenting a $10,000 check to Smoking Shields FL. President Marc Hamlin accepting with other members of Smoking Shields Florida present. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make this donation possible. 

Members Only - Arturo Fuente Factory

What a night! Our sincere apologies if you were not able to make this event.  Carlito invited us into his house and threw us a party to show his love and support for the men and women of law enforcement.  Click here for more pictures.  

Upcoming Meetings

  • June meeting
    Mon, Jun 26
    Grand Cathedral Cigars
    Reminder to buy 2 cigars from the host lounge and bring cigar donations for Cigars for Warriors
  • July meeting
    Mon, Jul 24
    Reminder to buy 2 cigars from the host lounge and bring cigar donations for Cigars for Warriors
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