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What Are Cigars?
Cigars are a long, cylindrically-shaped tobacco product that consist of cut and fermented tobacco filler bound by a binder leaf and covered by a wrapper leaf. They can be made from a variety of blends of tobacco, and may vary in strength, aroma, and flavor. The cigar’s country of origin can also be an important determining factor in its flavor, since different growing environments tend to produce distinct flavors.
In the United States, cigars are typically marketed as high-quality products and are often regarded as more sophisticated than cigarette smoking. Cigars are smoked by men as well as women, and they are commonly used to mark special occasions such as weddings or the birth of a child, or as a reward for personal success – such as the completion of a business deal or the attainment of a goal. Smoking a good cigar is seen as a symbol of wealth and prestige, and historically was depicted in caricatures of the wealthy.
Smoking a cigar requires a bit of skill in order to enjoy it, and it takes far longer than smoking a cigarette – it can take between 30 minutes and two hours depending on the size. This time can be spent in a relaxed manner and allows for the enjoyment of the finer things in life, such as the company of good friends or a glass of champagne or scotch. As a result, it is not surprising that many people choose to smoke cigars as a luxurious and relaxing activity.