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Cigar tip on puffing while lighting your cigar

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Cigar tip on puffing while lighting your cigar

I’m one of those people who’s always looking for a better and more efficient way to do things. This tip came about as a result of how I was lighting my cigar. Keep in mind that I’ve been doing this for years, so I sometimes have to remind myself about my own tip.

It all started when I was in my usual hangout, Leaf Cigar Bar in Easton (PA). I noticed how sloppy a lot of cigar smokers are when it comes to lighting their cigars. Many don’t even toast their sticks; like they’re in some kind of hurry to get that cigar going for whatever reason, they just apply flame and let the chips fall where they may. This results in a lot of wicked long flames and charred cigars. Sometimes I can’t even watch, which brings me to this tip.

Another thing I noticed was that a lot of cigar smokers, even those who do the whole toasting ritual, tend to puff very quickly once they apply the flame. Of course, I did this, too; it just seems natural.

One day I decided to try drawing slowly on the cigar as I lit it, like you do when you take a normal puff. Instead of the flame repeatedly jumping out from the foot like a blowtorch, the flame is drawn in towards the foot, heating the tobaccos more uniformly. This reduces the amount of heat and helps prevent charring which can cause the cigar to taste bitter.

So, the next time you light-up, remember to keep the flame from actually touching the tobacco and as you turn the cigar, take a long, slow draw. You’ll feel the smoke come right on through and you won’t look like a fire eater.

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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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