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Cigars in the Newsroom

Cigars are a hot story with local TV newscasters.
Alejandro Benes
From the Print Edition:
Danny DeVito, Winter 96

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Talan likes the robusto-sized Punch, Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrey, which he tends to smoke around midnight. "It allows me to both relax and focus," he says. "You're almost doing nothing, but at the same time you're doing something very conscious, the act of smoking, that clears everything away."

Washington's John Harter agrees, adding that cigars make an otherwise routine event a little bit special. "Last night, a producer who sits next to me, who's a friend, had a really tough day," Harter recalls. "He says, 'Will you stop and have a drink with me? I just want to talk.' So, we went to a place on Connecticut Avenue, where another producer joined us. One smokes cigarettes and the other one doesn't smoke, and I broke out some cigars. Each had a cigar and it really made that pause better. You can't describe why, but it really did."

Alejandro Benes is a journalist in Washington, D.C.

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