How many counterfeit cigars find their way into the humidors of unwitting smokers each year? It's impossible to say for sure, but many experts believe it to be millions-and that's just in the United States alone. The streets of Havana teem with black-market smokes, most of them counterfeit, and even European markets are reporting an influx of fakes.
Click the links below to view a large version of each band.
If you think you've been had, we encourage you to mail the band in
question, along with all the information you have about its origin, to:
Counterfeit Gallery, Cigar Aficionado Online,
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016.
Please do not email bands. We need the originals to ensure that the
distinguishing markings are clearly represented. However, with the enormous
amount of bands that we receive, we cannot respond directly to all inquiries,
nor can we return the bands to their original owners.