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Squeezing out sparks

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Q. Sometimes when I blow on my cigar during the lighting process, my hand gets sprayedwith sparks. Any ideas?
A.  I’ve got the perfect answer for you, which was sent to me regarding a tip I wrote on lighting cigars a while back. It comes from “Mac” in Vienna, Virginia.

“I learned this cigar lighting tip from none other than Zino Davidoff, himself, when I lived in Geneva, Switzerland in 1966. The technique will not shower you with sparks because you do not light the cigar. Instead, you heat it with a match – much as you would do any fine cigar before lighting it – but a bit hotter. When the fuselage is nice and warm, THEN you blow out through it and light it immediately.”

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com 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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