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Out of the Humidor

CA Readers
From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93

(continued from page 13)

Javier Rodriguez
Luis Perez
Nicolas Gutierrez
Miami, Florida

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Dear Marvin:

My husband was delighted when he found the premier issue of your marvelous magazine. Out of curiosity I picked it up and read through it. I'm not a regular smoker, but I've often heard men rhapsodize about cigars. I wanted to know what the real allure was. The article that most caught my attention was David Shaw's startling story on the abuses he's suffered as a cigar smoker ["Where Can I Smoke in Peace", Vol. 1, No. 1]. I was outraged to learn so many people would so readily censure and even bodily attack a man for the simple act of smoking a cigar.

Up until very recently I was one of those women who prefers her husband to smoke outside. After reading Mr. Shaw's article I was so incensed that I felt like taking up cigar smoking as a weapon against the people who want to destroy individual freedom of choice.

An even better reason presented itself in the form of a major step forward in my career. I told my husband I wanted to celebrate with brandy and cigars. He took me to our local tobacconist where we decided on two that suited us, and then I was initiated into the pleasures of a good cigar. As I write this I'm finishing off an H. Upmann Demitasse. Thank you so much for helping me discover a new pleasure and a pleasant act of political defiance.

Lillian Csernica
Davenport, California

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Dear Marvin:

For as long as I can remember while growing up, I was always surrounded by relatives who smoked cigars. It was a tradition in my family that, after dinner, there was a mass exodus to the patio of our backyard of my dad, grandfather, great uncle and me.


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William Mills — Orlando, Florida, USA,  —  June 13, 2013 7:37pm ET

Dear Marvin - Regarding the letter from Peter Worsham in the August issue, I lived in Havana from 1997 until 2000 as a member of the U.S. Interests Section. The GOOD cigars are indeed heavily controlled and expensive no matter where you buy them including Cuba. That said there was always counterfeit/seconds cigars to be had on the black market, but so easily available that the Cuban government had to be aware or complicit in their production and sale. In the end, although not top of the line cigars it was Cuban tobacco which I think is the best in the world.
Changing the subject, I just returned from a car trip to Eastern North Carolina and was surprised to see farm fields of growing tobacco. These same fields use to grow soy beans, cotton, and corn, while the owners were being paid NOT to grow tobacco. Can anyone tell me what has happened? Chinese demand? Domestic demand? Other?
Thanks for the fine magazine.

William Mills
Orlando


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