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Why do dead cigar stubs have such a nasty odor?

A: Good question. I had to do a little research for this one. Think about it. By the time you get down to the last couple of inches of your cigar, a lot of oils and tars from the tobacco have built up. And now, this is why cigar etiquette calls for leaving the stub in the ashtray saddle, rather than stubbing it out:  When you stub out a cigar, the wrapper breaks up exposing all the tarred-up the filler and binder, hence, the nasty odor. If you’ve ever continued to smoke a cigar where the some of the wrapper has come undone, you may notice the aroma tends to get a little more pungent.

That’s pretty much it. If you allow your cigars to go out naturally, they will still emit a little ashy-oily odor, but nothing close to the stench from a cigar that’s been stubbed out. This is one case where cigar etiquette trumps a bad habit.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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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