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The Surprising Popularity of Cigar Smoking

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The practice of cigar smoking has been on the rise in the U.S. since the early 90’s.  In part due to a reputation as a glamorous alternative to cigarette smoking, the increase can also be tied to its popularity among celebrities, as well as to the social nature of its practice.  But whatever the reason, it is clear that cigars are big business in the U.S. with higher sales of premium brands each and every year.

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Making the Perfect Cut on Your Cigar

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How to clip a cigar properly?  Although every cigar aficionado has their own proven method, here are some basic guidelines to get you started.   First, examine the head, or closed end, of the cigar.  This is the part of the cigar that will need to be clipped.  Determine where the 'cap' is. The cap refers to the part of the cigar where the tobacco leaf was used to close the cigar.  Once you've found the cap, determine its length. As a general rule, you should not cut any further than the end of the cap.  If you cut further than...

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How to Blow Smoke Rings with Your Cigar

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Do you yearn to blow smoke rings with your cigar like a pro?  Stogie aficionados often speak of the ceremony-like deliberateness of smoking a good cigar.  Blowing smoke rings is the mark of a smoker who enjoys the smooth and relaxing effects of smoking.  But how do you blow a good smoke ring? Some argue that it cannot be taught—that it will simply come to you with time and practice.  Some consider it a rite of passage.  Regardless, here are a few tips to get you going. Veteran smokers note that in order to blow a good smoke ring, you...

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