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Smokin Tabacco began as a simple social media page in September 2019. Since then, the name has become known as the place where cigar smokers can go to find the latest and most exciting news and information on what is happening in the cigar industry, be entertained by one of our amazing shows or for reviews on cigars and other products from the industry.

In 2021, Smokin Tabacco joined forces with William Cooper of to bring the second successful podcast to Smokin Tabacco – the Spare Notes Series. Every other Saturday night Matthew and Coop get together to talk about the hot topics in the cigar industry.

Matthew Tabacco

President & CEO

Born and raised in New England, Matthew Tabacco began smoking cigars and living up to his unique namesake in 2017. What began as just a social indulgence became a world of everything premium cigars- learning from some of the biggest and best in the business. From casual smoking to lighting up on the hit podcast The Smokin Tabacco Show, Matthew can usually be found in some of the largest smoke shops in the Northeast enjoying a cigar, talking business, or preparing for a show.

Nicole Tabacco

Senior-Vice President & Creative Director

Nicole was born and raised in New England but spent her teenage years living in the United Kingdom before returning to the US for college.

She has twelve years of business experience and has spent the last eight years managing salons and spas for some of the most prestigious companies in the beauty industry. Nicole has quickly accumulated a vast knowledge of the cigar industry and is eager to share that with others. What began as a relaxing hobby with her husband has now become a joint business venture.

Nicole is excited to bring a new and feminine flair to the cigar industry through blog reviews and social media content and hopes Smokin’ Tabacco fans enjoy her work!

Mitchell Santaga

Product Reviews & Content Creator

Mitchell Santaga started his journey into tobacco in 2011 by trying different flavored and machine-made cigars while enjoying a handle of Jack Daniels. Shortly after that he yearned for a more premium experience and dove headfirst into pipe tobacco that his local tobacconist blended.

Being a Canadian resident, the tobacconist introduced Mitchell to Cuban cigars and for special occasions he would light up a Cuban cigar. After exploring the Cuban portfolio, he stumbled into new world cigars and fell in love with the bold flavors and great consistency and construction. Ever since then he has been entrenched in exploring as much of the new world cigars and finding his favorites to keep in the humidor.

Kevin Acuff

Senior Reviewer & Editor

Kevin Acuff was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. Growing up in a rural area, he was able to indulge in some very exciting life experiences at a young age. He acquired his private pilot license before he had a driver’s license, spent several years on the competitive bass fishing tournament trail, and even spent a couple of seasons racing motorcycles. In 2001, he relocated to Las Vegas, spending the better part of the past 20 years working in the sign industry.

It was one of those industry trips, back in 2014 that changed his life for good. His boss handed him a Siglo V and an instantaneous bond was formed. He has spent countless hours since then learning as much about cigars as time would allow. This has resulted in a private collection of cigars that would rival some smaller retailers. Being inquisitive and not afraid to ask questions resulted in being blessed with several opportunities to experience the industry from all angles. Kevin is a regular attendee at the trade shows, has some firsthand experience on the media side, and is a familiar face to many at consumer events throughout the country.

He is married to Barbara, who shares an equal love of the leaf. When they are not in their private lounge enjoying a cigar, they are either in the backyard playing with their fur kids or out exploring the back roads in the Wild West on one of their Harleys.

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Diana "Dee" Pitman

Product Reviewer

Diana Pitman, known in the cigar world as “Dee” or “The Queen Of Cigars”, was born and raised in southern New Jersey. Her lifelong dream of joining the military became a reality at 43 years young. She served in the US Army Nurse Corps as an ER Nurse and deployed in support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It was during her military service in 2004 that she first smoked cigars. Upon her Honorable discharge at the rank of Captain in 2010, she continued smoking cigars and it slowly progressed from a coping tool to a hobby, and finally to a passion. She resides in South Jersey with her Service Dog Finn Ezekiel and looks forward to retirement from her position of Director of the Cumberland County Department of Veterans Affairs and traveling the country visiting cigar lounges and her many friends she has made through the cigar lifestyle