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Cigars: Man vs. Wife

Hayward Tenney"If your wife doesn’t like the aroma of your cigar, change your wife." – Zino Davidoff of Davidoff Cigars 

Ha - that's rich.

I love cigars. My wife hates them. But I love her, and keeping her happy ensures (or at least enables) my own happiness.

Sound familiar?

I've realized that I am never going to convince her to tolerate the smell of cigars, let alone enjoy their aroma. Bear in mind that I come home from work at Famous every day smelling of cigars, even on days when I don't smoke any. Clearly this is a recipe for tension.

If you find yourself feeling like a star-crossed cigar lover, fear not. Over 7 years of marriage, I've amassed a repertoire of maneuvers designed to minimize her exposure to cigar smoke.

In no particular order, I present to you my list of Pro Tips.

  • Stay away from open windows
  • If it's necessary to smoke in the garage, ventilate early & often
  • Change your clothes outside, if possible
  • Skip the cologne: a 2-minute shower can work wonders, especially rinsing out your hair
  • Brush, floss, and mouthwash
  • Avoid falling asleep (or passing out) in your "cigar clothes"
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Drive with the windows down

Some of these are obvious, others less so. Whatever the case, these have significantly decreased DW's "cigar commentary." Maybe they will for you, too.

P.S. If your spouse/significant other enjoys cigars, I don't want to hear from you. No, seriously, stop rubbing it in.

Lou 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?).

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