First cigars in the U.S.

Q. I just startedgetting into smoking premium cigars. I’m also a history buff and curious about whencigars firstappreared in the United States?
– Trey in Michigan

A. According to my research, the premium handrolled cigar (as we know it) was introduced to the United States in the late 18th century by Israel Putnam, an army general who served in the Revolutionary War. After the War General Putnam traveled to Cuba and returned with a box of Cuban cigars. And the rest is history!

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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