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Smoking with the Enemy

As One Cigar Aficionado Discovered, U.S.customs is playing hardball with smugglers of Cuban cigars
Matthew Reiss
From the Print Edition:
Pierce Brosnan, Nov/Dec 97

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"In some ways, I think that cigar smokers make a great constituency to end the embargo, not only on cigars but all other Cuban trade," says professor Kornbluh. "Cigars are a symbol of freedom, of power, of good taste, and those who want to smoke them see more clearly than anybody the ridiculousness and counter-productive nature of the U.S. trade embargo. And I would only say, 'Cigar smokers of America unite, to help lobby against the embargo and hasten the day when it's a lot easier to smoke a Cuban [cigar] in this country.' " If you do phone your congressman to protest, don't call after hours. You might disturb him and knock the ash off his Cohiba. *

Matthew Reiss is a freelance investigative reporter and a humor columnist for

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