Cigars Deserve Better than Cigarettes

Hayward TenneyPlease bear with me while I climb on my soapbox and rant for a minute or two to give you my two cents on how to properly extinguish cigars

On occasion, while enjoying a cigar in mixed company, my nostrils have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous odor. This is a direct result of stubbing out of a cigar like a cigarette, a process that transforms the intoxicating aroma of even the finest cigar into a malodorous, offensive affair. That stench is capable of turning-off even the most die-hard aficionado. It’s also terrible form.

An office-mate of mine (who really ought to know better, mind you) has a habit of not using the proper technique to extinguish cigars. When he finishes smoking, he dutifully grinds it down

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Doesn’t your cigar deserve better than this?

into the ashtray before walking out of the room, thus escaping the foul stench he has just created. I’ve since brought the matter to his attention, and I’ll admit he has seen the error of his ways.

Good form dictates than when one is finished with his cigar, he lays it down in the ashtray to die a dignified death. This method of simply laying it down is the only proper way to extinguish cigars, and is just common courtesy and good cigar smoking etiquette. After all, hundreds of hands have worked together to produce your beloved vitola; it is a product born of the earth and enjoyed in a moment of leisure and relaxation. Surely it deserves a kinder fate than that of a cigarette.

But perhaps more important is that the gases and tars contained within a cigar are mashed up and expelled when ground out. Cigars that are stubbed out aren’t going to go out any faster than those that are left to go out by themselves, so unless you’re doing it for dramatic effect, leave the stubbing out to cigarette smokers.

Hayward Tenney


When he's not busy writing, editing, smoking cigars, or raising his many, many children, Hayward "It's Lou, not Hayward" Tenney spends his days combating confusion about his real name (it's Hayward, but please - call him "Lou") and mourning the matrimonially-induced loss of his moustache (what's he gonna do with all that moustache wax he made?).


  1. Josh Steffen says:

    Amen, brother!

  2. Larry Gladu says:

    I smoke cigars daily but a few times a year I go an fishing trips with a couple of very good friends and at the end of the fishing day we sit around (outside) and have a few drinks and a nice cigar. I have told them that when you are finished with a cigar you should let it go out by itself and never crush it out. I have told them that all that crushing does is that it emits a terrible odor from the cigar that it would be eliminated by letting it go out by itself but they keep doing it. I think it’s a combination of old age and old cigarette smoking habit.

  3. Tony Daugherty says:

    Thanks for the info! I used to put them out that way and smelled the awful. You are 100% right in the turn off.
    Why do most people leave the wrappers on while smoking?