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October 2009

Breaking through Customs in Havana

Posted: Oct 22, 2009 10:56am ET

Cuban customs really gets to me. It’s not that the agents at Jose Martí Airport in La Habana are particularly unpleasant, or even aggressive, but they make me nervous. I begin getting edgy a few days before I have to leave the island, and by the time I get to the airport, my right eye is already twitching.

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Spice of Life in Cuban Cigars

Posted: Oct 16, 2009 12:03pm ET

Sometimes I get the idea that people think Cubans are not very savvy with their marketing and product development and that they spend most of their time just sitting around, reading the national newspaper, Gramma , and contemplating life.

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The Fact of the Matter

Posted: Oct 14, 2009 9:40am ET

People in the Cuban cigar industry were not pleased with recent reports in the foreign press on the reduction of this year’s tobacco plantings. Among others, Reuters reported that the plantings of tobacco on the island was being cut by 30 percent, which would mean a 16 percent reduction in the tobacco harvest.

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Back in the Smoke in Cuba

Posted: Oct 12, 2009 8:23pm ET

It’s good to be back in Havana. It’s been too long. I haven’t been back since early March, but I am right back into the smoke. I had an interesting meeting with the new head of marketing for Habanos S.

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