Types of Cigars
How to Get Cigars from Cuba
Every cigar lover knows that the best cigars come from
Cuba. Unfortunately, buying them is risky, however, many
cigar fanciers are willing to take the chance to get a sample
of the very best. If you're questioning just how one
would get their hands on a box of Cuban cigars, keep
reading. Because the relationship between the United
States and Cuba is a bit rocky, there are a lot of people
waiting to take advantage of cigar aficionados. Procuring
Cuban cigars should be done with great care in order to avoid
First, know that importing
cigars from Cuba is regarded as being illegal. The United
States placed economic sanctions on Cuba in 1963. Since
then, Cuban cigars have become the 'end all' for cigar
fanciers. There is, however, one loophole: visitors to
Cuba who return from a sanctioned visit are allowed to return
with cigars but not more than $100 worth and they must be
intended for personal use only.
Other ways of obtaining Cuban
cigars is considered illegal. As a matter of fact it is illegal
to buy, sell or trade Cuban cigars in the US. Fines for
illegal trading, buying or selling of Cuban cigars can
be high, however, they are rare. More than likely
you'll just have your cigars confiscated.
When buying a box of Cuban
cigars, be prepared to spend a lot. Prices can go as high
as $500 or more. If you're offered a box for a much lower
price, they may not be real Cuban cigars. Most of the
cigars from internet venders that sell supposedly genuine Cuban
cigars tend to be counterfeits.
How can you get a real Cuban
cigar? The simplest way to get a box is to go to
Canada. Buy them in Canada and repackage them so that
they are not in their original Cuban packaging. Get rid
of the rings and put the cigars in a different box.
Customs agents tend to not scrutinize cigars carefully, and it
is normally not considered a grievous offense to bring Cuban
cigars into the United States. In fact, tobacco shops in
Canada will often repackage Cuban cigars for
Or, you could just buy a
Cuban cigar in Canada and enjoy while you're there.
There's nothing illegal about that!
Did you know that there
are cigars from different countries
other than Cuba that are also very good?