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Remove the Cellophane?

I've heard it's best not to store cigars in their cellophane wrappers, but then I've seen experienced smokers do this exact thing. I'm fairly new to the cigar world, so you can see my confusion. So cellophane on or off?
Posted: August 4, 2014

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Go ahead and remove that cellophane.

Cellophane is a moisture barrier. It keeps humidity out as well as sealing it in, but not perfectly. Its primary purpose is to protect the fragile wrapper of the cigar when you buy it. The cellophane should be removed to let the cigars maintain their proper humidity and to allow them to age properly.

This "cello on, cello off" conundrum is our most popular question by far, and we don't expect that to change.

So is there ever a time to leave cigars in cellophane? Sure. If you like to take cigars with you for a night of dinner and drinks, and you don't own a cigar case, keep at least a few in cellophane and choose those when you head out. The cellophane will give the cigars an extra layer of protection in your jacket pocket. Note that the cigars will dry out, even in cellophane, after a day or so outside a humidor.

Check out our glossary to read more about cellophane.

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Comments   4 comment(s)

Leo Gaynor — Mission hills, Ca, Usa,  —  August 28, 2014 1:43pm ET

I love the help that you provide I was looking forward to the most on-topic great information again

Peter Vega — West new York , Nj, Usa,  —  August 30, 2014 1:51am ET

What if you store many different types of cigars in your humidor? Won't the difference in flavors of each cigar have an effect on each other if stored so close? That may be a rookie question but I'm new to the cigar game.

Murat Kaynak — İstanbul, Sisli, Turkey,  —  October 14, 2014 9:40pm ET

I cut the end part of the cellophane to get the moisture in better rather than all closed.It also keeps out the mixture of the other cigar flavors. Try it.

Joshua Robley — APO, AE, US,  —  November 2, 2014 5:11am ET

I've theast month I have done what Murat suggested. It seems to work just fine. The premis is like place your tubo in the humidor with the top off to subject it to the climate.

I have read about cigars laying next to each other twith no cello. If you don't have deviders in your humidor get some cedar spills and cut them to size, so that it creates a proper barrier. I am all about storing my cigars with no cello though, and saving a few celo as mentioned above.

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