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Why do my cigars keep going out on me?

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Neither retailers nor the factories do anything to the cigars that would cause them go out prematurely. Coincidentally, I recently had a cigar that kept going out almost every time I put in in the saddle of the ashtray. It was also a 60 ring gauge, which could have had something to do with it. That’s a lot of tobacco to keep lit. As you know, unlike cigarettes, a cigar will go out if left unattended. So, if your cigars keep going out, here are a few pointers which may help you:

  • Make sure you get a good even light from the start during the toasting/lighting process.
  • Make sure the cigar is drawing well. You shouldn’t have to “pull” too hard to draw smoke through it.
  • Try to puff on your cigar no more that about twice per minute
  • Rotate your cigar each time you puff, especially if you’re smoking outside.
  • Don’t leave your cigar in your ashtray for 5 minutes or more unless you intend for it to go out.
  • Store your cigars at an RH closer to 65% than 70%

Another factor could be the cigars had a too much ligero in the filler; the binder was either not properly cured, or it was improperly bunched. Ligero is very oily and will burn poorly if not aided by the binder. Or, it could also have been the wrapper was too moist, too oily, or a combination of all of the above.

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Alan Limpkin
7 years ago

All sound advice .
I have been smoking hand rolled cigars for 50 years and some , even good , cigars are “blocked” which makes them difficult , even , impossible to draw . The only thing to do is throw it away .
“Toasting” a cigar is holding a flame to the (lighting) end without drawing on it this ensures when the cigar is lit and drawn on it lights fully and all over .
Some cigars are a heavy draw and may not suit you try a different one . You can buy “samplers” from good suppliers on the internet .
Sometimes a short puff followed by a normal draw dos’s the trick Anyway just keep puffing and enjoy .

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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, 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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