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Buying Cuban Cigars: Commercial Flights by 2016

By the end of the year, cigar lovers should be able to routinely book commercial flights between several cities in the U.S. and Cuba. The resumption of daily air travel between the two nations and the influx of U.S. money to the island after 50 years can be expected to increase pressure for total elimination of the…


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Cigars and Their Health Risks — and Benefits

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…

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The Top Cuban Cigar Review Sites

Many online publications review and rate Cuban cigars. Invariably they review non-Cubans as well. We’ve rounded up the leading online review sites among those that do not also sell cigars and have listed them below. For a taste of their style, we’ve taken a quote from each site’s review of the Montecristo No. 2, widely…

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Cigars Vital to Religious Practice in Cuba

Lighting a fine cigar is a ritual method of celebrating momentous occasions the world over. Throughout history, smoking a cigar has had a ritualistic significance connected to worship, as well. In Cuba, the religious and spiritual roots of cigars are said to pre-date Columbus’ arrival on the island and, indeed, they remain part of a…

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Beware of Non-Cuban ‘Red Dot’ Cohibas

Cohiba is the pre-eminent Cuban cigar brand, but not all Cohibas are really Cuban cigars. An American and Scandinavian company, General Cigar Co. Inc., also manufactures seven types of cigars under the famous brand name. But General Cigar’s so-called “red dot” Cohibas are not Cuban cigars, because they are not made with Cuban tobacco. Fortunately,…

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How Expensive Will Cuban Cigars Be In America?

One question on every American cigar lover’s mind as they contemplate the ability to buy Cuban Habanos legally is whether prices will rise just when buying has become easier logistically. The logical answer seems to be that they will. Higher demand means rising prices. We’re Americans. If anyone knows that, it’s us. But it may…

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