Black Sticky Stuff

Why does a Black Sticky Residue Form when Smoking a Cigar?

Q: What is that black sticky stuff coming from the head of my cigar - and how do I prevent it from happening?

A: That sticky stuff is tobacco juice, mixed in with a little tar and resin. It tends to present itself by drawing too hard and too often on your cigars, so check your technique. Some cigars are just naturally more juicy than others, too. Try letting your cigar rest for a minute between smokes. You may find it will smoke cooler and have more flavor in the long run.

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, 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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