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Are you smoking a fake Cuban cigar?

Jun 6, 2008
Since the trade embargo placed by John F. Kennedy, Cuban cigars are pretty much illegal in the United States. In fact, all products from Cuba are illegal in the United States. Ouch! The embargo is so powerful that even US citizens traveling outside of the US are not allowed to have Cuban cigars. Although that is the law they can't really enforce it.

One of the main problems that you're going to run into if you decide to purchase a Cuban cigar is the fact that it may be counterfeit. It doesn't matter what kind of high priced item you're talking about, if it is in demand, there is going to be a counterfeit that is available. This is true whether you're talking about watches, pocketbooks or any other item which can be easily duplicated. If you keep your eye open and know what you're talking about, however, it is fairly easy to spot one of these imitations.

So where do the fake ones come from? Pretty much everywhere especially high tourist attractions. Lets say you go to the Bahamas and try to get some for yourself for super cheap, they are 100% fake. They are Hungarian or Dominican cigars disguised as Cubans. If you never smoked a Cuban cigar before, you wouldn't know the difference. If you have before, you'll catch the fake ones right away.

So the process of identifying a Cuban cigar is actually a little tricky. But some of the main things to look for is to make sure the Cuban cigar (If you ever do decide to buy it from the streets) doesn't come in some plastic wrapper. Scam artists usually put them in cellophane wrappers. No real Cuban cigar ever comes in a cellophane wrapper. Their is the Fonseca brand but it comes wrapped in a very tiny sheet of almost silk like paper.

Plus the main indication that should turn on your radar is the price that you are getting the Cuban cigars at. If its cheap like $100 to $200 a box, you are being had. Go to Cuba and they will give you this look if you ask for Cuban cigars for that price. Cubans take their Cuban cigars very personally and rightfully so. It's a product that has history going back for hundred of years and if someone is selling it to you for that low, they are simply insulting your intelligence. Not to mention you are completely wasting your money.
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