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Smoking in the U.S.A.

Our man in Havana finds out how tough it can be to find a place to smoke in America
From the Print Edition:
Phil Ivey, March/April 2010

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Lancero is one of Dave's favorite lanceros, and the long, slim cigar has powerful notes of leather and wood. It's easy to light quickly, with only a 38 ring gauge. I have found lanceros don't smoke all that well outside because they go out all the time. But Dave likes them.

The larger Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 that Dave digs would be a better choice. It's one of his old favorites that's inexpensive and eminently dependable. He said that the woody, nutty and easygoing smoke is ideal to enjoy by the campfire with a little Bourbon after the kids are in their sleeping bags.

Finally , the C.A.O. La Traviata Divino is his good-luck charm. He lit the robusto up outside Yankee Stadium twice during the 2009 postseason. The Yankees won both games, and the World Series. It's rich, distinctive, lovely and a bargain-everything you want in a cigar, he says.

It's strange when you think about it, but cigars began as an open-air product. When Christopher Columbus came to the Caribbean, he found the Taino Indians smoking tobacco around their campfires. They called it Cohiba. I imagine they also smoked inside their huts, but their sacred weed was smoked primarily outside. Besides, I am sure their wives or girlfriends, or both, wouldn't let them smoke inside, like the rest of us.

It wasn't until Europeans started smoking that tobacco was taken inside in the form of pipes, cigarettes and cigars. I guess we have come back full circle with cigars. So remember the Tainos next time you fire up a cigar outside. And try some of our recommended smokes.


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