An Overview Of Cuban Cigars

By: teahupoo
This interesting article addresses some of the key issues regarding cuban cigars. A careful reading of this material could make a big difference in how you think about cuban cigars.

Cuban cigars are a product that equates directly to quality. The very words evoke images of sophistication and glamour. Alfred Dunhill did not call his book "The Gentle Art of Smoking" for nothing. He understood that cigar smoking is an art form, that provides a sense of contemplation, peace and appreciated pleasure. The sale and importation of fine handmade cigars has risen more 30% annually for the past several years. It's a wonderful, relaxing past time that can be shared with friends male and female.
Cuban cigars on the whole are renowned as the world's best, which would be hotly contested by manufactures in Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua, as well as others.

It's difficult for Americans to judge, since Cuban cigars, as well as other Cuban products, are illegal in the United States and have been since the Cuban embargo in 1962. And, yes, they are still illegal. As recently as 1995 this question was addressed once again. The following letter was sent to the members of the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America Inc. from the Department of the Treasury.

"Only persons returning directly from Cuba after a licensed visit there are permitted to bring Cuban cigars into the United States, provided the domestic value of such cigars does not exceed 100 U.S. dollars and the cigars are for the person's personal use and not for resale. Inasmuch as all other importations of Cuban cigars are illegal, you must assume that all offers to buy or sell such cigars in the United States involve cigars that are imported illegally. Contrary to what many people believe, it is illegal for travelers to bring into the United States Cuban cigars acquired in third countries (such as Canada, England, or Mexico).

Now that we've covered those aspects of cuban cigars, let's turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.

"It is illegal for U.S. persons to buy, sell, trade, give away, or otherwise engage in (or offer to engage in) transactions involving illegally - imported Cuban cigars. The penalties for doing so include, in addition to confiscation of the cigars, civil fines of up to $50,000 per violation and, in appropriate cases, criminal prosecution which may result in imprisonment.

"We recognize that the prohibitions that apply to Cuban cigars may deprive many consumers of a sought-after product. However, these prohibitions apply to all goods of Cuban origin and are an important element of the comprehensive program of economic sanctions against the Cuban government which have been in place since 1963. These sanctions have had the full support of the past seven Administrations and were further tightened by President Clinton in August 1994."

However, Cuban cigars do find their way into the United States. It is estimated that some three to seven million Cuban cigars are smuggled into the country yearly, mostly by business men in their briefcases, military personal, and people returning from vacations to foreign countries.

You can't predict when knowing something extra about cuban cigars will come in handy. If you learned anything new about cuban cigars in this article, you should file the article where you can find it again.
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