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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.
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Genuine Articles



Cohiba - New Style

Cohiba - Old Style

Cohiba Behike

Cohiba Maduro 5

Diplomaticos Habana

H. Upmann

Hoyo de Monterrey

La Gloria Cubana


Montecristo - Old Style


Partagas Serie D No. 4


Ramon Allones

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta Churchill


Vegas Robaina
Dominican Republic



Fuente Fuente OpusX

La Gloria Cubana

PadrĂ³n 1964 Anniversary Series
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
825 8th Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
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.