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How To Smoke A Cigar

In order to enjoy a cigar like a true enthusiast, you must first learn the anatomy of a cigar. A cigar is made up of 3 parts: the head, the end of the cigar in which you smoke. The body, where you hold the cigar, and the foot, the end of the cigar that you light.

The point of enjoying a cigar is to get a mouth full of cool smoke that is filled with flavor. You DON’T inhale it. You simply want to
experience the flavors.

Using a cigar cutter, make a quick clean cut above the cap on the head of the cigar. For more information on how to cut a cigar, visit and check out our cigar 101 videos.

To hold the cigar properly, rest the cigar on your middle finger and
wrap your index finger around it.

Removing the band is a personal choice. If you want to remove the
band, it is wise to smoke the cigar a little bit. The heat from the
cigar will loosen the adhesive on the band - thus making it easier to remove without damaging the cigar.

To light the cigar, you need to light the FOOT and NOT THE HEAD of the cigar. The head is the end in which you just cut.

In order to ensure the cigar lights evenly, you’ll need to toast the
foot. Place the cigar NEAR the flame and rotate it around, heating
the tobacco to the point of combustion.

DO NOT put the cigar directly into the flame. This will char the
cigar, altering it’s taste.

The type of flame you choose is a matter of personal preference. Just about any flame will do in a pinch. For more information on lighters, visit

Once you’ve toasted the cigar, turn the cigar around and blow on the foot. The red ember will show you just how evenly lit your cigar is. If there are dark spots, you’ll need to touch them up. Turn the
cigar back around and keep toasting as previously described.

Taking a draw on a cigar is just like sucking through a straw
without swallowing. Taste the flavor of smoke in your mouth and
then blow the smoke out of your mouth.

Take a nice even draw. Be careful, drawing too quickly will cause the cigar to heat up at a rapid rate and will effect the flavor.

In general, it’s best to take 2-3 draws per minute. You want your
cigar to be as cool as possible without going out. If your cigar
happens to go out, no big deal, just simply remove the ash and
relight as described previously.

You don’t want to remove your ash too often. A long ash is a sign of a well rolled cigar and will help keep you cigar cool.

If the need for removing the ash arises, DO NOT tap it. Instead,
lightly roll it along the lip of an ash tray and the ash will fall off.

When finished, simply put the cigar down in an ashtray and let it extinguish itself out. Most cigars will take 15-20 min to go out.

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