Tuesday’s Cigar Tips (Buying vs Bringing)


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Tuesday’s Cigar Tips

As an avid cigar smoker, we all come up with different techniques and routines that work best for us prior to starting our smoking session and during it, and there are a few things we learn along the way. Everyone’s techniques and routines are different, based on your own preference or there can be some similarities. Therefore, to further connect with you and provide you with resources and details about cigars, I’ve created these weekly cigar tips for you to utilize.

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Buying vs Bringing

There are many great advantages attending a cigar lounge with the options of bringing your own cigar carrying case, clutch, bag, traveling case, or whatever you may call it because it complements your cigar experience. For starters, you’ll have your proper and perfect lighter, cutter, cigar poker, and any other essential tools and accessories that are required. In addition, it allows you to have your selected cigars of preference in your case for your smoking pleasure.

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However, one of the major offsets is if it’s appropriate to bring your own cigars to the particular cigar lounge you are visiting. Especially, if they sell cigars! It is always good etiquette to of course purchase from our local “Brick and Mortar”, as well as from those locations that you visit in travels or for an event. However, it has been my experience that some cigar lounges do not allow you to bring in your own cigars, you must buy from them solely, to smoke a cigar. And, in some cases, the lounge might charge a cutting fee, to allow you to smoke your own brought in cigars. In either situation, it’s still best to have your own accessories and always inquire if you can bring your own cigars if you’re unfamiliar to the policies of the cigar lounge.


Also, as it relates to buying primarily the cigars from the lounge, this does come with some disadvantages. If the lounge is new, and they are in the process of building their inventory, then their available cigar selections might be very limited and not exactly to your liking, and/or preference.  Furthermore, if you’re a major stickler about the humification process of your cigars before smoking one, then you could potentially run into the issue of the cigar not reaching its ultimate level of humification. This happens because the cigar has not been stored in the humidor long enough to humify properly before selling it off the shelves of the cigar lounge. For example, it could have just arrived a week ago after sitting on a loading dock or in a warehouse for six months, so it needs time to rest and humify, properly, before selling to avoid dryness.


The tip of the day is to always ask in advance, if you can smoke your own cigars, if not, then you can always go somewhere else or oblige to the rules of the lounge, and purchase, as you should automatically, to support your local brick and mortar locations.  And, you can inquire about how long the shelved cigars have been in the humidor to select a cigar that’s properly humified to your liking that’s available in the cigar lounge.

Keep it Smokey, my friends!!!!!!!

Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears


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2 comments on “Tuesday’s Cigar Tips (Buying vs Bringing)”

  1. Thank u so much for the tips it is always appreciated.

    Heres my 2 cents…
    First and foremost if anyone is opening a cigar lounge they should already have a pretty good selection of cigars to choose from. I don’t suggest anyone opening up a new cigar lounge with such limitations as u only have one chance and opportunity to wow ur customers and leave them with a lasting impression and keep them coming back. So establish ur accounts before u even open!

    Secondly, it’s only proper etiquette to support our brick and mortars, they are providing a comfortable place for us to smoke our cigars with air, light, tv and other things and they have a lease and overhead to pay so the very least we can do is purchase a stick or pay a cutting fee to support.

    Third, a cigar should already be aged before they leave the factory as most premium cigars have been aging for quite some time before even being boxed up so we should never have to worry about aging cigars before smoking but perhaps it may just need a little resuscitation if it’s a bit dried from traveling.

    I know everyone has their preferences but I strongly feel we need to inform and educate our consumers to the fullest and be able to give them the reasons why we do what we do and why/how we should be supporting business owners.

    Thank u for giving us a platform to voice our opinions!

    Arlene Becton

    1. Thank you very much for providing a further in-depth review of this and adding in those additional deatils, because we do want to cover all bases, and allow our readers to contribute their thoughts, give feedback, and express themsevles, equally! Thank you again for responding!!!!!!!!

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