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    You don't have to inhale to ingest nicotine. It gets absorbed into the blood stream via the membranes of your mouth. One of the reasons why powdered snuff and chewing tobacco can be harder to kick than smokes.

    Nicotine constricts blood vessels and raises BP.

    Cigar smoke also contains carbon monoxide, and some other nasties like ammonia.

    That being said, there's not really much risk from puffing on one occasionally. But many studies show that even one cigar a day can increase one's changes for mouth and throat cancers.

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    Stick to photography, forget the cigars: IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    I'm not sure. I bought it in Cuba. It says Panama on it, but has no country of origin.

    I too enjoy hats, and caps, and usually wear one. I like them so much that more than a few folks have assumed I'm covering a bald head, though in fact I have all my hair and am hardly gray yet.


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    I always thought cigars were nasty, vile smelling things until I went to Cuba and was actually tried one. I enjoyed it and continued smoking until the end of the trip. Fortunately for me, the habit stayed there while I returned. That said, if I could get a Cuban Cohiba or Romeo y Julieta, I might be tempted again...

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    I can't see much risk to outweigh the sensual reward of enjoying an occasional quality cigar. That, compared to huffing a pack a day of cigarettes is like a Walmart Huffy compared to a custom Ti frame with Campy Record EPS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    I'm not sure. I bought it in Cuba. It says Panama on it, but has no country of origin.

    I too enjoy hats, and caps, and usually wear one. I like them so much that more than a few folks have assumed I'm covering a bald head, though in fact I have all my hair and am hardly gray yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    When I was in Cuba last summer teaching photography to American students I was introduced to cigars. I'm not a smoker, so I was surprised how pleasurable I found smoking a cigar. Of course, I can't get those nice Cubans here, but still...

    I guess I'm now a cigar smoker. I keep it down to one or two a week in hopes that I'll avoid negative health consequences.

    Any of you enjoy this vice?



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    Yes. I buy mine here. http://www.jrcigars.com/jr/index.cfm

    That is a great pic. I love hats and have a bunch but none of them look particularly good on me. Hmm maybe it has something to do with me.
    Last edited by bruce19; 04-29-13 at 04:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    We can buy Cuban stogies anywhere up here. I rather enjoy the aroma of a good cigar, although I have not smoked anything in 36 years.
    When I worked in Canada extensively in the 90's I made a habit of smuggling Cubans back to Texas. Cuban cigars, that is.

    But I haven't had one in several years. The only time I do is when I go see my buddy/CPA who lives 100 miles away. He has a man cave off his garage where he stocks cigars and a collection of single malts.
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    [QUOTE=bruce19;15564559]Yes. I buy mine here. http://www.jrcigars.com/jr/index.cfm


    They don't/can't sell Cubans
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    I have enjoyed cigars for about 15 years. I have a Cuban Client who brings me a dozen Cohibas every year. But the Dominicans and Honduras cigars are very flavorful. cigarbid.com is a great and fun bidding source for cigars. I think they are a great post-ride pleasure.
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    [QUOTE=Frankfast;15564906]
    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    Yes. I buy mine here. http://www.jrcigars.com/jr/index.cfm


    They don't/can't sell Cubans

    I know.

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    I used to have a cigar once in a while ... just on special occasions.

    I've only had a cuban cigar once, though. Made me high as a kite, then nauseous. Ugh.
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    I smuggled a box of Cuban cigars back from Moscow once for a boss, using my Diplomatic passport no less. Ashamed...

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    Cigars and pipes used to smell great to me when I used to smoke but now all tobacco stinks. IMO The Old sayin holds true, 'Kissing a smoker is like licking an ash tray' Yuck...
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    I always wondered at the high percentage of deer hunters who smoke. The upwind/downwind thing must be really important, since smoke is a double-danger sign to deer. And I can sometimes smell a smoker two cars ahead of me with all windows up. Either deer can't smell or else smoking hunters are killing their success rate.

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    Say what you will you cigar haters... one good thing about the cigars is that it isn't that easy to escalate to frequent cigar smoking because they are so wonderfully inconvenient. You can't sneak out to the parking lot at work for a quick cigar.

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    Funny

    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    You can't sneak out to the parking lot at work for a quick cigar.
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    It is such "stupid" ludicrous thread: smoking whatever and bicycling don't mix

    Why would any body fill their very fragile lungs with smoke?

    Particularly knowing what we know today!

    Aside from the fact that cigars, pipes, or cigarette smoke is dangerous and really stinks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    It is such "stupid" ludicrous thread: smoking whatever and bicycling don't mix

    Why would any body fill their very fragile lungs with smoke?

    Particularly knowing what we know today!

    Aside from the fact that cigars, pipes, or cigarette smoke is dangerous and really stinks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Come on, don't be shy. Tell us what you really think.
    It is not what I think!

    It is what WE know today with the great help of science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    It is such "stupid" ludicrous thread: smoking whatever and bicycling don't mix

    Why would any body fill their very fragile lungs with smoke?

    Particularly knowing what we know today!

    Aside from the fact that cigars, pipes, or cigarette smoke is dangerous and really stinks!
    Well, most cigar and pipe smokers don't inhale, but still, they're ingesting carbon monoxide, and CO bonds to red blood cells. I imagine that at least temporarily, it affects max oxygen uptake.

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