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Title: Some basic Points on Cigar Smoking

Some Basic Points on Smoking Cigars
  • Some Basic Points on Smoking Cigars
  • There is wealth of information online regarding
    cigar smoking etiquette.  Some of this material
    deals with how you actual handle the cigar
    itself.  Other material deals with how your
    actions impact both smokers and non-smokers
    around you.  We will be dealing with both aspects
    of cigar etiquette over the course of time.
  • Today however, we are going begin by looking at
    some simple points that pertain to both dynamics.
  • Public Space
  • The first of these points deals with where you
    can actually smoke.  It is a given that any of us
    should have to right to smoke in our own home or
    on our own property.  That is not so much a
    matter of cigar etiquette but personal freedom
    and rights to privacy.
  • The question marks start getting drawn in our
    minds when we walk across the thresholds of our
    homes.  At this point, we are in public space,
    and really need something of a roadmap to follow
    regarding where we can and cannot smoke.
  • Assume that any café or bar you visit is going to
    regard cigar smoking with even more disapproval
    than cigarette smoking.   Smoking, period, is one
    of the new targets of the politically correct
    movement.  It only creates disturbance to go
    against this grain, no matter how much we all at
    times resent it.
  • Good cigar etiquette calls for class and
    sensibility on a non-reactive level.  If you know
    you that you and your cigar are not welcome in an
    establishment, you have a choice to either be
    gracious, and wait until you go home, or politely
    claim your own freedom by choosing to go
  • Good Friends and Special Occasions
  • Our friends accept us for who we are and
    sometimes even love us more for our flaws than
    our virtues. 
  • Nevertheless, they may not always be able to
    accept our cigar smoking habit.  Many people are
    allergic to any type of smoke, and smoking cigars
    makes for a notoriously strong smoke to the
    nostrils of the non smoker.

  • Cigar etiquette here depends on two factors.  One
    is non-smoker tolerance to smoke, and the other
    is ventilation.  You will find that even your
    closest friends probably cannot take cigar smoke
    in the enclosed space of their own apartments or
    homes.  Some who smoke themselves may not want
    the smell of smoke on their furniture or
    curtains.  On the other hand, nine out of ten
    probably will not mind one bit if you smoke
    outside where the wind can blow it away and where
    the ash can fall on the ground.
  • Basic cigar etiquette here is very simple and
    along the lines of other social considerations
    ask your host first what he or she is comfortable
    with and abide by the rules of the home you are
  • To Ash or Not to Ash
  • Unlike cigarette smoking, which requires constant
    ashing to keep the end free from ash, letting the
    ash build up on the cigar is considered good
    etiquette.  Ash actually keeps the smoke cooler
    and lets you enjoy cigar flavor more. 
  • Letting the ash build up on your cigar also makes
    you appear more relaxed and at ease.  You
    communicate an aura of neurosis if you are
    constantly tapping your cigar over an ashtray.
  • On the other hand, if you let the ash fall on
    something expensive, this is not going to be good
  • A good rule of cigar etiquette to follow then is
    very simple The more expensive the item UNDER
    your ash, the more often you should keep the foot
    of your cigar near a cigar ashtray.
  • It is acceptable cigar etiquette to keep the band
    on the cigar
  • There are some people who say that it is bad
    cigar etiquette to leave a band on a cigar.
  • Where do people get such ideas?
  • There is nothing wrong with letting others know
    what brand you are smoking.  In fact, it can
    often be a great way to start a polite
    conversation about brands without what might be
    an unwelcome opinion.
  • By letting people see, comment, and then
    responding graciously with your point of view,
    you can show much greater dignity and cigar
    etiquette than trying to hide your personal
    tastes and make too much of an attempt to fit in.