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Saturday, February 29, 2020

CIGARS 101.0: Fundamentals First

Here are a few important things to know about cigars before you begin to learn about cigars...

Cigars are heavily taxed and age restricted products.  In addition, indoor/outdoor smoking laws vary at the municipality and state level.  In the U.S., there are a couple of states with no taxes and other states where the retail price of cigars is double the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) because of taxation.  

In the U.S., there are states where you can smoke inside retail tobacconists, bars and restaurants and states where you can't.  There are even many municipalities where it is illegal to smoke outdoors.  The rules and regulations governing cigars vary everywhere and impact everyone, for better or worse.... mostly for the worse.          

Cigars must be cared for with strict sanitary standards.  Because consumers place cigars in their mouths, they must be treated like any other food product.  Cigars and their boxes should never be placed on the floor, or touched with dirty hands.  In addition, cigars should not be placed in the nose or mouth by customers or tobacconists.  If your retail tobacconist does not appear to keep things clean and sanitary, pick another retail tobacconist.  

Cigars must be kept at 70% relative humidity and at 70ᐤF.  The humidity will preserve the essential oils which contain and convey the flavor (taste+aroma) of the tobaccos, while the cool temperature will keep microscopic larvae (Tobacco Beetles) from hatching and destroying the cigars.  Proper temperature and humidity must be maintained at all times.  If you find yourself in a store that is hot and/or the cigars feel dry, find another retail tobacconist. 

Cigars are not meant to be inhaled, they are meant to be savored...

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