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Gordon Mott

Where to Smoke

Posted: Jul 10, 2014 3:00pm ET

When was the last time you were on a trip, with a travel humidor or cigar sleeve packed with your favorite smokes and, too late, you realized you were in an antismoking city like Boston or St. Louis or Chicago and had no familiar place to smoke? Usually that happens around 10 o'clock at night when you have just finished a great meal that has doubled as an important business negotiation, and you're flat out of luck finding a place. You not only feel bad, but you worry that it might make you look bad since you promised your new partner a great smoke to end the night.

You now have a quick solution: an Around Me-type app for the cigar smoker—Where to Smoke. The editors of Cigar Aficionado have tapped into our network of tobacconists, distributors and cigar brand owners, and we have come up with a list of 1,500 places around the United States where you can light up and enjoy a cigar. The app is still in beta form, but you can access it through our website by clicking here with the web browser on your desktop or your smartphone browser, too. The mobile app, which is especially designed for smartphones and tablets running Android or iOS systems, is still under development. We expect to have it ready and approved by early fall—at the latest—which will make it even easier to access the Where to Smoke while you're on the go.

Best of all, we are relying on you, the users of the product, to tip us off to new places that have opened up, or that, god forbid, we may have missed. There is an interactive feature on the app for you to send us the name, address and phone number of the location that's not in the database already. We will be verifying each new addition before it is added to the database, but you can be assured that this will help us keep the app as current and comprehensive as possible.

Yes, for now, it is a U.S.-only product. But we are working on the international database and once it is ready for primetime, we will be adding those locations to the same app. It's a more complicated process, but feel free to send us your favorite smoking spots from overseas anyway, which will help us get it ready sooner.

So, enjoy. Log on to cigaraficionado.com. Click on the Good Life tab, and then the Where to Smoke tab, and you can then click through to the app. Soon, there will be a home page tab to take you there directly.

Enjoy, and be sure to let us know whether or not the list of smoking places has helped you out, and give us your best tips on where we should go next.

Comments   1 comment(s)

dcs@sernalaw.com July 14, 2014 11:39pm ET

Hey! I sent this to Dave Savonna's blog, but it applies equally to you.

I'm a subscriber to CA since issue #1 and have been a serious collector and smoker for 40 years. I've met you a number of times at the Vegas Big Smoke where we chatted each time. You are very accessible, friendly, and your taste largely mirror my own.

I know that you read and respond to these comments on your blog. I picked you as the guy to whom to send this.

I saw the advisory that no "links" are allowed in your comments section, but, man, you've really gotta see this. I will mail you a DVD if you want. I also sent the link and comments to the general "contact us" option at the bottom of the first page, so maybe you can get it from there.

Here's my entry for the Monte's (my Albuquerque B&M) cigar-related creative art contest for members of our private cigar club. Mine is me singing a cappella and dancing in full smoking jacket regalia to the tune of "Makin' Whoopee" by Eddie Cantor which I rewrote to be about a man in trouble with his wife for excessive cigar smoking, retitled,"Smokin' Cee-Gars".

All my buddies at the cigar club thought that it was sufficiently hilarious and of sufficiently high quality, that it should be submitted to CA in case your guys want to use it.

My daughter put it up on YouTube.

Here's the link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=gciXw6H0k20#

PS: Keep watching after you think it is over!.

I hope you can share it somehow with your readers of CigarAficionado.com, and/or CigarInsider.com.

Please feel free to get back to me at any time. My email is: dcs@sernalaw.com, and my cell# is: 505-350-8856. Thanks a million! -David C. Serna



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