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Band on the Cigar

Why do some people smoke their cigars for a few minutes before removing the band?
Posted: May 20, 2013

Submitted via CigarAficionado.com

Because it reduces the likelihood of the wrapper leaf being damaged in the process.

Bands are attached with adhesive. If too much has been used, some may have seeped from the band onto the cigar's wrapper. If this has happened, the band, when removed, may take some of the wrapper with it.

Smoking the cigar for a few minutes first will soften the glue and loosen its hold on the wrapper, thus allowing you to slowly remove the band without tearing the outer leaf.

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