How to Smoke Your First Cigar
The cigar almost seems like a prerequisite for being a badass. It’s the final prop in the man’s man toolkit. Look to fictional characters like Tony Soprano to Tony Montana, the cigar is practically an extension of themselves. This could be you. It's time to learn how to start smoking cigars and throw back some stogies.
Get StartedMany would-be cigar smokers never start because they’re afraid of looking like a complete novice when they start. Don’t worry everyone has to start somewhere. There are certain types of cigars that’ll be too strong for a first timer. These might even turn you off to the prospect of smoking. The best place to start is with a mid-flavored cigar. They are also cheaper and a good way to ease you into your new hobby. You also won’t have to worry about messing up an expensive cigar by incorrectly prepping or lighting it. Your local cigar shop will give you a few recommendations for beginners and help you get set up. Once you’ve decided on a specific cigar, inspect it for quality. A good quality cigar shouldn’t have any cracks or discolorations. Squeeze it to make sure that there is a uniform solidness to it – not too hard or soft, just right. Soft spots could mean that your cigar is filled with less tobacco and hard spots could mean you have a plugged cigar, which is harder to smoke. Once you’ve picked out your first cigar, it’s time to light up.
Steps to PreppingWhether you’re smoking alone or your gathered with friends, you’ll need the following to smoke your cigar:
- A lighter (preferably butane) or wooden matches
- Cigar cutter