Editor's Note: Twenty-Five Years of Cigar Aficionado

Twenty-five years ago I fulfilled a longtime dream with the birth of Cigar Aficionado. My life has never been the same. The world was different in the fall of 1992. The U.S. economy was coming off a tough recession and the recovery was slow. The stock market was in tough shape and unemployment was at its highest level in about a decade, nearly 8 percent. Great time to start a magazine, right?   The cigar market was also in bad shape in 1992. Sales had been flat for years, cigars were selling for low prices to an aging consumer base and some brand owners were trying to discourage their children from following in their footsteps. Many thought the business …
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