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Will Cuban Cigars Return to the U.S.?

HAVANA — Cuban cigars, often called “Cubans,” come wrapped in mystique. Fidel Castro made them his trademark before quitting for health reasons. Winston Churchill loved the cigars, as did President Kennedy. Before he enacted the trade embargo against Cuba in 1962, he stocked his private humidor with 1,200 Petit Upmanns.

Many American cigar smokers dream of smoking a Cuban, legally.

On July 1, President Obama announced an end to the diplomatic isolation of Cuba, and on August 14, the American flag will fly once again at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The president has also called on Congress to lift the embargo.

These steps could once again allow the sale of Cuban cigars in the United States, reported CBS News.

David Savona has written about cigars and Cuba for Cigar Aficionado magazine, and he’s now executive editor.

“The humidity, the sunshine, the open air — it just begs for a cigar,” Savona said.

Savona’s magazine has supported an end to the embargo.

We’re talking about the world’s largest market for premium cigars. They’ve been denied the legal channel to be there for all these years, so certainly it’s important for the Cuban industry, the Cuban cigar industry, to one day be in the United States.”

Click here to read the full CBS News report.


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