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Out of the Humidor

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

(continued from page 8)

Stanley Janovici
East Islip, New York

Editor's Response: Stanley, your spirit and tenacity are to be admired. On behalf of all cigar smokers, please enjoy a box of special cigars I am sending to you. You certainly symbolize the phrase "We shall overcome."

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Dear Marvin:

On this matter of second-hand smoke: When I was employed by the National Geographic Society I drove to my office each day through Rock Creek Park [in Washington, D.C.]. Cars often crawled bumper to bumper, our idling exhaust spreading an acrid blue pall over the morning. On the pedestrian path beside the road I would watch a steady stream of joggers pass by, their chests heaving as they took deep breaths of pollution-laden air in their pursuit of physical fitness and longevity. Yet I'm sure these same people would insist that I was risking their health if I were to light a Macanudo or Hoyo de Monterrey in their presence. So just who is blowing smoke here?

Keep up the good fight.

Bill O'Neill
Annapolis, Maryland

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Dear Marvin:

I took my wife (then girlfriend) Amy to Paris for the first time four Christmases ago. We were on the street at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve, having decided we would spend the evening in our room at the Ritz with room service, Armagnac and a view of the Eiffel Tower, when she turned to me and asked, "Don't you want a cigar tonight?" That was it. I've been hers ever since.


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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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