UPDATE: As of October 2016, you can now bring back up to 100 cigars (worth up to $800) duty-free every 31 days!
The $100 limit on Cuban cigars legally imported to the United States can put a heck of a crimp in your style if you’re a lover of fine Cuban smokes. Brands like Cohibas go for about $25 apiece and even a single Montecristo No. 2 costs about $10. But there are cigars available for just a few bucks each that will allow you to bring home a whole Cuban cigars box.
We’ll bet you didn’t know it was illegal for Americans to smoke Cuban cigars even in foreign countries. That’s OK. Because now it’s not.
On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced several changes to rules governing the U.S. embargo on Cuban trade. One of the changes allows Americans to buy or otherwise acquire “Cuban-origin goods for personal consumption while in a third country.”
Anyone who has grown up in the modern world knows that smoking tobacco is bad for you. Cigars and cigarettes can cause cancer, heart disease and other maladies. But you may be surprised to hear that, not only are there solid arguments that enjoying cigars is not as damaging as smoking cigarettes, but there are also potential health benefits from smoking cigars.