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Out of the Humidor

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From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93

(continued from page 6)

Michael D. Kaufman
New York, New York

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Dear Marvin:

While your readers, correspondents and advertisers seem to indicate that cigar smoking among women is becoming more and more acceptable, my experience refutes that claim. My former boyfriend introduced me to the pleasures of fine cigars seven years ago, and while the relationship with him ended not long thereafter, my relationship with cigars has continued to prosper. This, however, in spite of an unwillingness on my part to smoke them in public following too many stares, snickers and comments from those who found it strange for an attractive (I'm told) young woman to be seen puffing on a double corona. I now enjoy my indulgence in private or in the company of a few enlightened friends. Some men I've dated have been put off by my enjoyment of a good cigar after a fine meal and have never bothered to call again, but others have told me that they find it increases the attraction, so I guess there is some justice after all!

Janice MacDonald
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Dear Marvin:

I have a story to tell you about my trials and tribulations of smoking a cigar in peace.

My wife and I have been going to a well-known hotel in Maryland for many years. We stay at the hotel three or four days of every month from March through November. Both my wife and I are great seafood lovers, and we go down to breathe the fresh air and eat the bountiful seafood from the Chesapeake Bay.

Last year we stayed at the hotel in March, April and May. In June, we again went to the hotel, checked in, went to our room and changed into swim attire. I arrived at the outdoor swimming pool, in God's own fresh air, and posted all around the pool were signs, "No Smoking." In all previous visits, there were no signs. So, as a person respective of nonsmokers' rights, I went to the person in charge of the outdoor pool and asked where I could smoke my cigar without offending anyone. This young lady's reply was, "No smoking allowed." I said, "This is outside in an open area, and there couldn't possibly be any laws prohibiting smoking." She said, "No smoking allowed."

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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

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