Category: History


Make Your Own Cigar Box Guitar

This is no child’s toy, although one might think that. Truth be told, when I first heard of cigar box guitars a long time ago, I thought that my friends were pulling my leg. Why would I want to make one? Then I did some reading and I found out that cigar box guitars were actually used by “real” musicians! According to Dr. Tony Hyman, the curator of the National Cigar Museum, cigar boxes prior to 1840 were actually crates. These crates could hold up ...

Cigars are not Cigarettes!

For the normal cigarette smoker, shifting their smoking agenda towards the field of cigars should not be intertwined. There are totally different smoking materials. For one, cigarettes are smaller in size and not manufactured and prepared in the way that cigars are done. Secondly, cigars are entirely expensive compared to one pack of cigarette. For some cigars such as Cuban or Havana manufactured cigars, the price of one piece of cigar may be equivalent or even more expensive than one pack of cigarette. This is largely due to the materials used in making one cigar ...

The Origin of Cuban Cigars

Mention cigars and a person would instantly associate it with Cuban cigars. Cuban cigars are acclaimed to be the best hand rolled tobacco in the world, being the preferred country where such finely prepared tobacco leaves are found. Cigar production is controlled by the Cuban government where they are rolled in the various cigar factories that are existent in the country of Cuba. Habanos SA and Cubatabaco are known to be the leading groups that handle the manufacturing and distribution of their finest roles ...

Old world meets new world

Cigar smoking is enjoying a resurgence – a renaissance if you will. With the strong and decisive efforts of many different groups to stamp out cigarette smoking all over the world most people have started seeing cigars and smoking them in a completely new light.

With the way cigar is supposed to be smoked (don’t inhale it!) more and more people are beginning to appreciate cigars and even the art of smoking them. Yuppies and young adults are rediscovering the unique set of experiences that cigar smoking brings to the ...

The Curing Time of Cigars

Tobacco leaves are the main components of cigars today. The qualities of lit cigars vary on the curing time allocated for used tobacco leaves which would usually last between 25 to 45 days. Other factors such as the temperature and climate conditions are contributing factors to which tobacco leaves are considered prior to actual manufacturing of the end product that most people know today as cigars. After the proper curing time for quality tobacco leaves has been derived, it would all depend on the person tasked to ...

A Cigar for Status Symbol

What makes cigars different from the usual cigarettes that people would buy from the local store? For one, cigars carry a more social type of a tag where people would be considered elite and indifferent from standard smokers that are present in communities today. Cigars have had the distinction of being entirely finely prepared and becoming more identified with people who put premium in puffing the quality manufactured tobaccos that are best known for manual labor preparations. People usually pair them with coffee ...

How People Smoke Their Cigar

To many people, cigar smoking is something that they would never really understand. The reason on why people enjoy smoking or has made it routine in their lives is something that puzzles many but the first advice that a cigar smoker would say is if you haven’t started, then good and that do not even try to start! Cigar smoking is believed to be addicting. Nicotine is the primary culprit that people would turn to but yet people would care less. Some would take up smoking to relax themselves, while there are people ...

How Many Cigars Did Mark Twain Smoke?

You may be thinking what this blog has got to do with Mark Twain…well, not much, really. You may not know, however, that Mark Twain was a great cigar lover. In fact, according to SFGate, he smoked around 20 to 40 cigars a day! Can you imagine smoking that much today? Although I would love to, I don’t think that I can do it. Health reasons not withstanding, I also have to consider the financial aspect. I highly doubt that I can afford ...

All About Cigar Bands

There are a lot of aspects to smoking cigars and one of them is the band that encircles cigars. I don’t know about you but I know a lot of cigar smokers that do not really pay that much attention to the cigar bands. In fact, some cigar smokers just immediately remove the band and then throw it away before smoking. On the other hand, other smokers make it a point to leave them on. So are cigar bands really important? Where did they originate from ...

Cuban Cigars – Why Are They Illegal?

Though there are countless choices for excellent cigars, there is no doubt that when the Cuban cigar is mentioned, the heart of cigar lovers suddenly starts beating much faster. Yet the fact is that Cuban cigars are illegal in the United States. Do you know how this came to be? Older cigar smokers may be familiar with the story behind the embargo but for the younger ones, here is a bit of history (thanks to About.com):
Way back in February of 1962, President John F. Kennedy established a trade embargo against Cuba to ...