When we talk about Cigar Etiquette, we talk about good and bad manners. We do not have one book as the Cigar Bible or Commandments or saying that this is the only way of doing it. However, through the experience that we got from Cigar Aficionados and lovers since the beginning of the Cigar era, we reached a point where we understand that there are some ways of respecting what we puff as well as respecting ourselves and our “Brothers-of-the-leaf”, especially when we are having a precious thing in our hands and smoking it.
Zino Davidoff, the founder of the Swiss luxury brand “Davidoff” was the pioneer in the Etiquette recording. In 1967, he published an essay under the title of “Zino Davidoff’s Guide to Cigar Etiquette”.
His essay was mainly about the Do and Do not, arranged in a way to explain how a gentleman should behave while having a Cigar. We cannot gather all the quotes and rules that each Cigar lover can mention, but we have listed below the main points that should be respected while puffing your Cigar.
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- Warm the foot of the Cigar slightly before starting to puff on it.
- Hold the Cigar in your hand however it feels natural.
- When you’re done, let your Cigar die with dignity.
- Keep your ashes in the bowl, and off the furniture and the floor.
- Remove the band carefully after lighting the Cigar, as far as the Gum on the Cigar bank is sufficiently warm to be removed with ease, without harming your Cigar.
- Lighting your Cigar should be a Personal experience every time; enjoy it on your way!
- Do not cut it off too much.
- Do not smoke like a chimney; nobody likes a greedy Cigar smoker.
- Please, please do not dip your Cigar in liquor… and it is weird doing it in public.
- Do not lick the cap of your Cigar before cutting it, especially if you are sharing a cutter with someone.
- Do not lick the entire Cigar; seriously… Just don’t!
- Do not hold your Cigar in your mouth or between your teeth, especially when you’re talking.
- Do not act like a beggar: bring your own Cigar, Cutter, and Lighter.
In parallel, Harry Hurt suggested four basic rules of cigar etiquette in an article he published in 2005 in the New York Times:
- Confine indoor cigar smoking to cigar parlors.
- Don’t chain-smoke cigars.
- Don’t offend non-smokers with the smell of cigar smoke on your clothes or breath.
- Don’t ask/don’t tell if it’s a Cuban cigar or not.
At the end, Cigar puffing is a time to enjoy; the most private one that you can experience. It is your moment in the day to relish in the tranquility of the Cigar and appreciate its aroma and flavor.
Let the Cigar be your focus and the center of attention, and not the show-off…