February 21, 2015
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How to Smoke a Cigar – Transcript
Hello there, ladies and gentleman. This is your neighborhood friendly Oxhorn and today I’m going to show you how to smoke a cigar. Many of the viewers of my program are frequently asking me the proper way to smoke a cigar and so I thought I would go over a brief primer. Disclosure before we start the program; I’m not an expert, I’m a hobbyist. I enjoy it as a past-time but I’m sure there are many of you who are watching this video on YouTube who are far more familiar with how to smoke the cigar than me. That said, I have been doing it for a number of years and so I will pass on what little knowledge I have.
For today’s experiment, we are going to be using a CAW Brazilia. I’ve never tried this cigar before but it looked good at the shop. It’s got a wrapper leaf that’s made in Brazil and the filler is Nicaraguan, long leaf filler Nicaraguan. It’s handmade which means you’re not going to find any of that nasty tobacco confetti on the inside there. It’s a 60-gauge cigar and it’s six inches long. Let’s see if I can bring it close to the camera without it going blurry. There we go. This is the cigar. It’s a CAW Brazilia. As you can see, it’s pretty fat. Look at it in comparison to the size of my fingers. It’s a very large cigar, but it is delicious.
So there are a couple of things to think about before smoking a cigar. There are three major sections of a cigar: the first third, the middle, and the final third. The first third is a sweeter lighter flavor, and it’s called the hay. When you’re smoking the first third of the cigar, it’s not going to be quite as strong. It’s going to be not quite as flavorful, but it should be fairly easy on you. The middle, the meat of the cigar, is going to be where you get most of the flavor. As you’re smoking it, the bulk of the flavor is going to really start to develop. And it’s going to show off some of its spiciness or any other quality that it has that makes it unique. The final bit is called the manure. And the reason they call it that is because it starts to taste a little rough sometimes.
Many people when they’re smoking cigars will smoke the first two-thirds of the cigar, the hay, the bulk of it, the meat, and then they’ll leave the manure. They just won’t smoke it. Personally, I like it. It doesn’t actually taste like manure in most cigars. They just call it that because it’s tougher to get through. But I tend to like it. So I’ll smoke my cigars all the way down till there’s like half an inch left. And it doesn’t bother me. However, that final third is going to be a bit more powerful. And if you’re going to be going driving later, or something like that, you might not want to smoke the manure. The reason that it gets so strong towards the end there is when you first start lighting and smoking the cigar, no smoke from the leaf has gone through the shaft of the cigar yet. So it’s pretty fresh, it’s pretty virgin. You’re going to be tasting just the smoke that’s burnt.
By the time you get to the middle, the first third of the cigar has passed all its smoke and burning embers through the bulk of the cigar and has lodged a lot of that tar and nicotine and ash in there. And by the time you finish the second third and you’re at the manure part of the cigar, all of the first two-thirds of the cigar has passed its smoke and it’s gotten caught and lodged in that final bit which brings on a very, very strong flavor. Some people like it, some people don’t. It’s going to be up to you to decide whether or not you want to smoke the entire stick. Now this is an abnormally large cigar. Most cigars are not 60 gauge. Many of them are toro’s, which are 50 or 55 gauge. And this is also a little long at six inches. Many toro’s are going to be 5.5 or five inches. So this is a nice sturdy cigar that’s going to last me quite some time.
It’s also on the dark end of cigars. Cigars come in a wide range of colors and flavors. Many of them are going to be lighter and they’re going to be easier to smoke, especially if you’re a beginner, and they’re going to be mild. This one is pretty dark. It’s as heavy as you’re going to get. I saw it at the shop. It looked good. I’ve tried the brand before but I haven’t tried this particular sub-brand, the Brazil. It looked really interesting. I like dark cigars. I like strong cigars and I’m going to try it out.
So before we get into the lighting, let’s get to the cutting. There are a number of ways you can cut a cigar. One of them that’s the simplest way is to use a bullet. It’s called the bullet-hole punch. Many people would just use a sharp-tipped bullet and just punch the end of it leaving a hole and they could smoke that that way. What I have instead is I have a bullet-hole cutter. This is one of my lighters and it comes with a bullet-hole punch. And the way you punch a cigar is you just put this on the butt of the cigar, and you’re just going to wiggle it in until it punches out a nice chunk of the cigar leaving a hole. Let me focus in on that for you. There you go. Leaving just a little bit of a punch hole. And this works for many people.
Personally, I’ve never really enjoyed smoking a cigar with a punch. Primarily because the draw is going to be really thick. The way they make cigars is they put in the filler and then they wrap it with this really nice colossal leaf. And then they use a vegetable glue to put a cap on the end of the cigar. Now the vegetable glue adds another layer, the cap adds another layer, and so you’ve got this kind of concentrated bulk at the butt of the cigar that more air has to go through.
Additionally, the circumference of this circle is going to be much smaller than the circumference of the actual cigar. So you’re going to have a tighter draw. And that’s fine for smaller cigars and not quite so fine for larger cigars. So what I’m actually would use is my guillotine. People pronounce it “gill-o-teen”, I pronounce it “ghee-o-teen”. This is designed for smaller gauge cigars. So when I try to fit my 60-gauge cigar on there, it doesn’t go all the way through. But I actually like it that way because I don’t want to cut off too much of the cap. If you cut off the entire cap, it starts to unravel. And there’s really worse when you’re smoking a cigar than to have the outer leaf unravel. It gets torn off in your mouth. It’s hard to hold. Wind starts to get through the cracks of the wrapper. It’s just horrible. It’s not good. It ruins the cigar.
So what I like to do is, you can see, I’ll change the focus so that you can see where the cap begins. I don’t know if you can see it, but there’s a line towards the butt of the cigar where the cap begins. There, you can clearly see it. That’s what I want to avoid cutting down. If I cut beyond that, then the cigar will unravel when I smoke it. And if I make sure that I cut before that, then it should stay together. So my goal is going to be to use my 60-gauge cigar in my 50 or 55 gauge cutter and that will stop it right at the cap, or a little bit beyond. Now this is not sharp. What I’ve done is I’ve split the cap a little bit, but it should just peel right off and not unravel the cigar.
Not perfect, but it’s going to be okay. Here’s the draw. It’s better, in my view, than to use the bullet. But to each his own, many people like to use the bullet-hole punch, which is going to make sure that it never unravels, which is great. I prefer to get more air flowing through it and so I’ll use my guillotine. All right, now to the lighting. I almost got you. You aficionados watching right now are going, “He’s using a Bic lighter, or a Zippo lighter? Heresy!” Indeed, that would be heresy.
You’re not supposed to use a Zippo lighter, or any other lighter, when lighting a cigar for a myriad of reasons but the most important one is; that as the flame is burning, it’s consuming all of that fuel, sometimes it’s a butane fuel. In this case it’s an actual liquid fuel, and that lets off a bunch of chemicals. And when you use it to light your cigar, you’re sucking in some of those chemicals into the cigar itself, which can mess with the flavor. Personally I’ve never really noticed it all that much. I have a very muted sense of taste and smell. So that might be why. However, people who have a very sensitive palate are going to notice the chemical taste. So you’re not actually supposed to use that.
The best way is to use a little bit of a cedar spill. And I think I’ve [inaudible]. That they will wrap the cigar in. And this cedar wood is great because cedar is an aromatic wood. It’s very pleasant, people like it. That’s why they build cigar boxes out of cedar, so that it’s not going to impart any nasty flavors to it. Plus, cedar is a natural repellent to certain insects and bugs like moths, so that’s why they build boxes out of it. Using a cedar spill is going to make sure that you’re not going to be putting any chemicals into it that are not pleasant.
The other option, if you don’t have a spill, is to just use a regular match. But when you light it, make sure that all of the sulfur at the end of the match is completely burned off. Hold it up a little bit, so that it’s just the pine that’s burning, and then burn your cedar, then light your cigar, if I have any cedar left. Now one thing I forgot to show you, because I got too caught up in it, is one good way to ensure that your cigar is completely lit, and that the flame goes down, is to rotate it while you’re lighting it. That way the flame will light the wrapper all the way around the circumference of your cigar. And if you get all of that lit, then as you smoke into your mouth, it will pull the flame towards the center of the cigar, making sure that the whole thing burns evenly.
I’m not quite there yet. There you go. If you light it right the first time, it’s going to make it much easier as you smoke the cigar. It’s supposed to go down evenly. Let me zoom in on this for you. There, see how even that is? It’s getting a little dark that. We’ll see how that goes. Okay, so there are a couple of things to watch while we smoke the cigar. The first is you don’t want to chew on the butt of your cigar. This is a fragile piece of art, really. It takes a lot of talent and skill to create a cigar, to roll it by hand, and that’s why every single cigar is going to be unique and have its own characteristics. If you chew on the butt of the cigar, you’re going to split the wrapper. You’re going to mash up the leaves on the inside and it’s going to get soggy on the end and it’s going to taste nasty. If you’re chewing on the other end of cigar, it’s going to taste like hay, or just this nasty chemical taste as the smoke comes through it.
So do not chew on it. Instead, you clamp it lightly in your lips, and you use your tongue to draw the smoke into your mouth. One of the basics of cigar smoking that I don’t even feel needs mentioning, but some people ask, is; “Do you inhale cigar smoke?” And, no, the true cigar smoker does not inhale cigar smoke. Some people do, I’ve had family members who like inhaling cigar smoke. I discourse people from doing it because cigar smoke is intense, it’s very strong. It’s much stronger than cigarette smoke. Since it’s so intense, it’s probably worse for you to inhale than other types of smoke. Instead what you’re supposed to do is bring the smoke into your mouth, taste the flavor of the smoke, because it’s all about just enjoying that unique flavoring, and experiencing the taste as it changes while you smoke it.
Get the flavor, it’s kind of like tasting a wine. You taste the wine, and then if you’re at a tasting session, you spit it out. Now when I drank wine, I drank wine, I don’t spit out wine, but it’s kind of similar when you smoke a cigar. You taste the flavor and then you expel the smoke. Additionally, you don’t puff on it like a cigarette. Think about somebody who’s working as a cook in restaurant or something and they’re addicted to cigarettes and have to go out back every hour or two to smoke a cigarette. What do they do? They stand by the smoking section, they pull out the cigarette, they light it, they puff on it, they may have a short chat, and they get their nicotine fix and then they throw it away. It’s completely different.
The culture of cigars is completely different. Again, I’m no expert but I have been smoking cigars long enough to discover that the culture of smoking a cigar is completely different to that injection fix that you get from smoking a cigarette. I’m not judging anybody, but it’s just a completely different culture. The point of smoking a cigar is to enjoy the flavor of the cigar and for it to be a social thing. Yes, here I am, in my office, by my self, smoking a cigar, okay fine. But they were designed to be social where you sit with your friends and you have conversations, and you need time to smoke a cigar. This is going to take over an hour to burn. It’s not something you do lightly. It’s not something you pull out of your glove box and light on your way to work. This is something you take time out of your day to enjoy.
Personally, since I work from home, I have the luxury of smoking these while I work. If it’s after five and I’ve had my dinner and I’ve got an ounce of scotch and I’m going to get some work done, answer some email or whatever, I’ll block out two or three hours of my evening to smoke a cigar and get some work done. It’s not something that you just do to get it done as fast as you can. There’s no race when smoking a cigar. It’s not who can smoke their cigar and finish it fastest. In fact, there are many competitions that are called Slow Smoke Competitions to see who can keep their cigar lit the longest without having to relight it before completely extinguishing it. Smoking it slowly is more to be proud of than smoking it quickly.
And to that point, we can talk about how often do you take a puff? It’s going to be completely different for every single person. As you start smoking, if you take it on as a hobby, you’re going to develop your own rhythm. Talking to other people who smoke cigars, I’ve discovered that taking one or two puffs every 60 seconds is probably a good moderate way of smoking a cigar. If you’re taking two or three puffs every ten seconds, you know just puff, puff, puff, you’re going to be burning through it way too quickly and it’s going to start to taste acidic, and it’s going to be really strong, really overpowering. You’re going to ruin your cigar. These were designed to be smoked slowly. So take one or two puffs every 60 seconds and enjoy it slowly over the course of an hour with some friends or with some scotch, watching a movie, or doing some work.
It’s just a leisurely activity that you do to enjoy the end of your day. Okay so we’re about half an inch into this cigar. I’ve taken ten or so puffs on it during this time, which is probably a little too much, I must admit. But what we’re going to do is we’re going to pause the video and we’re going to let this burn down through the hay. We’re going to get through the hay. We’re going to stop at the meat of the cigar and I’m going to resume the video then and describe a little bit about how it tastes. But first, the hay, in all honesty, this particular cigar which I’ve never tried before, it’s tasting a little like grass, honestly. Now it could be because I ripped off a little bit of the cap. See that mistake there? I made a mistake when I was cutting it.
And you see how it’s a little bit ripped off there? That’s because my guillotine is dull, I haven’t sharpened it. I really just need to get a new one. And that’s going to happen sometimes if you have a dull guillotine. But not the end of the world. I can still smoke it. It won’t get too soggy. What I could do is trim that off. I might do that. But I’ll let you know more about that when I get there. So we’re going to pause the video right now and resume when we get through the head.
I’m not quite to the meat of the cigar yet but what I wanted to do is I wanted to zoom in and show you what this looks like while it’s smoking. So one of the qualities of a fine cigar is that the ash holds together. A cheap cigar is going to have ash falling off as you’re smoking it. A quality cigar is going to have at least an inch of ash, and you can go like this and it doesn’t fall off. Now I’m not quite to the tipping point yet so this cigar ash has quite a ways to go. By the time I get to the bulk of the cigar, it might have fallen off but this is still the sign of a quality cigar. It’s still burning evenly, look at that. I haven’t had to touch it up at all. It’s burning pretty evenly. There’s a slight fissure there, as you can see, but for the most part, the ash is collected. It’s all together and it’s burning quite.
That’s the sign of a quality cigar. All right, pausing it again until I get to the bulk of the cigar. All right, so my ash fell. I’m not quite at the body of the cigar yet, but I wanted to show you a little trick to show you exactly how to measure, how fast your cigar is burning. I was smoking a six-inch cigar, so a third of a six-inch cigar is two inches. Coincidentally the width of a card, of a business card, is two inches. So you can take your ash and you can hold it up, and you can see exactly how far it was before it went. This was about an inch and a half before it fell. And this is where I’m at now, meaning that there’s about half an inch left to go. Not quite in the body yet. But as you can see, it’s still burning evenly. Let me focus that for you.
It’s still burning fairly evenly and that’s a sign that you’re not smoking too fast. If you start smoking too fast or if it’s a poor quality cigar, one side of this will start burning in faster than another. Another sign of bad quality cigars is that you’ve got hot spots on the cigar that start burning faster than the rest of the cigar. I’ve purchased cigars that are in big discount boxes, which you can often find online. You get 50 cigars for like 99 cents a stick, or something like that. And they’re going to have weak spots where they didn’t pack the cigar tightly enough. Or there are big gaps where there’s a bunch of confetti and the flame will just burn right through them.
And you can be all the way down to here in your cigar and the outer leaf is still untouched because it’s just burning improperly. But this still feels cool to the touch. It’s burning in a perfect circle, a little ratty at the end there, which is to be expected because the ash just fell on its own. Another thing that you don’t want is you don’t want to leave the ash on too long. There are many cigar aficionados who will take pride in their cigar ash staying on their cigar as long as possible. There’s a famous anecdote that Sir Winston Churchill used to take long needles, long pins, and stick them in the ends of his cigar when smoking so that the ash would stay on the cigar. And he used this as a way to distract other men in parliament while he was talking to avoid interruptions.
Because he would be standing there talking or whatever, and making wild gestures with his hands, and the ash on his cigar wouldn’t fall. Everyone in the gallery would just be looking at him and staring at his cigar and waiting for the ash to fall, “When is that ash going to fall?,” and that allowed him to just continue to talk and to say his peace. Now, I don’t know how true that is but it’s a funny anecdote anyway. But in my personal opinion, if you leave the ash on your cigar too long, the taste of the cigar changes and it starts to taste really ashy, really burnt. In my personal opinion, I tend to knock off the ash after about an inch or an inch and a half if it hasn’t fallen off on its own already. This did fall off on its own so I didn’t have to do that.
All right I’m going to pause it again until we’re well into the body of the cigar. This is the foot, the body, and the head of the cigar. You light the foot of the cigar. You cut the head of the cigar, otherwise known as the hay, the divine, which is the body, or the manure, and we’re just about to finish going through the hay, and we’re about to start the divine.
All right, so we are nearly upon the band here. We’re well into the body of the cigar. Zooming is a pain, there we go, let’s zoom on in there, focus it. So as you can see, the line of the cigar is just about to meet the band and we’re going to peel that off quickly so that we don’t burn the band. If you burn the band, you’re going to start to get a metallic taste because there are usually metallic inks in the band. We burned it a little bit, just there, you can see it’s starting to burn but it’s not too bad. Anyway we are well into the body. We are about an inch into the body and I’ll tell you how it’s been affecting me. As we were going through the hay, it was pleasant, it was light, it was tasty.
We reached the body and I immediately felt the cigar. For those who have never smoked before, if you’re watching this video because you’re a first time smoker or you’re getting ready for a bachelor party or something and you’re wanting to learn how to do it properly for the first time, by the time you get to the body, especially if it’s a strong cigar like this, you’re going to feel the cigar. It feels a little powerful. You might feel a little dizzy, you shouldn’t get too dizzy. If you’re a real novice and you’ve tried it before, especially if you’re on an empty stomach, you might get a little nauseous. That’s just the territory. It comes with the territory of learning to smoke a cigar.
As you get experienced and you smoke a few more, you’re going to get beyond that phase and you’re going to get to the point where it’s not going to make you nauseous, and you’re not going to feel too out of sorts. Also, if you smoke it too fast, you’re much more likely to build up a lot of liquid acid in the cigar, and tar, as you’re smoking it, which is going to start bubbling and getting towards the head of the cigar, and that might also taste pretty bad. As it is, we’re smoking it fairly slowly. We’ve been doing this for a good 40 minutes now, at least I have anyway, and as you can see we still have a long way to go. We’re about halfway through the body. It’s still burning really evenly. I haven’t had to touch it up. It’s getting a little ratty. Like that part is a little shorter than that part, and that’s just normal.
And as you can see, the ash is still sticking very well even though we’re halfway through the body. In terms of flavor, this is the part of the cigar where the oils of the cigar really come together and the full bodied flavor of the cigar comes forth. In this particular one, it’s a little peppery and it’s really earthy. Those are flavors that people who love cigars are really hoping to find in a good cigar. Sometimes they want a really light fruity flavor. They’re going to get very fruity notes. I tend to stay away from cigars that taste like that. Personally I like really earthy strong cigars. This is the that one’s tasting for me now. That said, I don’t have a very strong palate, so who knows, someone else could taste something completely different from a nice cigar like this, but that’s how it tastes to me.
Before we get any further, I want to tell you how to hold a cigar. Now, as you can see I’m holding it between my middle finder and my index finger. And that’s wrong. You’re not supposed to hold a cigar like that. The way to hold a cigar properly is like this. Thumb and forefinger, you just rest it, you cradle it in your hand like this, and you smoke it like this. Now I’m not a stickler for the proper holding of a cigar. If you were to go down and sit in a nice cigar lounge with some experts who’ve been doing this for a long time and if you were to hold it like this, and see, we just lost some ash there, you’d probably get laughed at. And that’s fine. I have small hands. I have what’s called cadet hands.
When I buy gloves I have to buy cadet sized gloves because my hands are so small, which is a little embarrassing, I probably shouldn’t have mentioned it on the show. But hey, whatever. I have small hands and because of that, I tend to hold my cigars either like this or like this, or sometimes between my fingers like this. It’s not exactly dignified to smoke like this, because this is how you smoke a cigarette. Yet, I will still do it, especially as it goes down closer. When it gets really close to the end of the manure section of the cigar, it’s hard to continue smoking it without holding it in your fingers like this. That said, this is the proper way to hold it, if I am indeed doing it right.
My smoke rings are absolutely rubbish today. Let’s try that again. I’m just not having any luck. Now I want to point out the end of the cigar because I made a big mistake as I was cutting it, as you saw at the beginning of the video. I used a dull guillotine and what that did is it shredded a little bit of the wrapper which has begun to peel. I haven’t been chewing on it, I haven’t been chomping down on it or anything like that and yet as you can see, it’s starting to get a little ratty. It’s very obviously wet. The more ratty it is, the more moisture from your mouth it’s going to hold, and it starts to get a little soggy, which is starting to happen to me. Which means I’m probably not going to be able to smoke too much of the manure section of the cigar, sadly. I like to make videos of every inch of cigar that I have.
So if you’re wanting to do this right, either get a brand new cigar cutter, I’ve been using this for many years, so I really need a new one, or use something a little less invasive like the punch, which is what I have right here. There’s also another cigar cutter, I have one, but it’s not with me, it’s called the V-Cut Cigar, and that’s like the best of both worlds. The V Cut will slice a channel through the head of your cigar, the part that you put in your mouth, and what that does is it cuts a channel through it, allowing much more smoke to come through so it’s going to still give you a really open sensation, a good draw. And yet, a lot of the cap is still held in place which is good for maintaining consistency as you smoke it. So just a few tips from me.
The next thing is to see how this is going to taste once we get to the manure section of the cigar. As I showed you a minute ago, we still have quite a ways to go yet, about an inch, before we get there. So I’m going to pause the video and enjoy the rest of my evening, do a little bit more work, and I’ll turn this on again when we get to the final section and I’ll explain to you exactly how it tastes to me a good hour and half into this smoking section. All right, this is where I’ll end this particular video but as you can see, I am well into the final bit of the cigar, the manure section. Let me focus in on that for you. As you can see, it has become an absolute mess. And this is completely my fault, I’m not going to blame it on the cigar itself.
This will show you what one little mistake in the cutting of the cigar will do. The outside wrapper leaf is completely peeling off and it’s now hard to smoke. Rather unpleasant to smoke, actually. So I’m going to peel this off and what this does is it will leave the inner lining as the primary thing that my lips touch which is not the end of the world. Can still smoke it but it doesn’t have the same sensation and it ends up tasting a little grassier. As you can see, the ash is still sticking with the cigar, it’s going all the way down there. It’s still burning evenly, sign of a high quality cigar. But I’m well into the manure section of the cigar, well into it as you can see. And to be perfectly honest, I really don’t taste a lot of bitterness. I’m not tasting a lot of acidity.
Many people will say that they do when they get to this section of a cigar, but I’m not tasting that. Still smokes well, still able to make smoke rings, but here are a couple of tricks that I’ll use when I get to the end here. Now, of course if you were a true cigar smoker and not a philistine like myself, you’d set it down now. You’d have enjoyed your cigar and you’re happy to go on with your day or go to bed, as the case may be. But I like using it until the very last, and so what I will sometimes do is as this gets too hot to hold, and it’s getting there, like this is too hold to hold and I would burn myself. But holding it down here, it’s still fairly cool so I can still smoke it. There are a couple of things you can do if [inaudible].
What you can do is you can take your cigar and you can fit it into the bowl of your pipe and smoke it that way. However since this is a 60-gauge cigar, it’s way too wide for the opening of my tobacco pipe and so I [inaudible]. I may do instead is take a fine point, whether it’s a needle, or an eyeglasses screwdriver or something with a thin point, or maybe even just a pipe tamper. A pipe check tool will have a poker in it that you can pierce it with and then hold it up like this and then hold it up like this and smoke it that way. That’s going to keep the heat from your fingers. I’ll go ahead and knock this off. There I go, the ash is off there. That will keep the heat away from your fingers and you can hold it and smoke it almost all the way down.
This cigar is almost done, it’s almost completely done, I won’t be able to hold it for much longer. If you try to relight it be careful if you have a mustache like myself. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have singed my mustache on many occasions when I’ve tried to relight a cigar that is this far gone. And as you can see, there’s no way I can hold it naturally so I’m forced to hold it with these two fingers. There you go. I’m still enjoying the cigar, I’ve been smoking it for a good hour-and-twenty minutes now. It’s lasted a good long time, it’s been an enjoyable experience. I’ve gotten a lot of work done. It even helped producing this short video for you. So, I hope this has been educational. Again this was designed for first time cigar smokers.
It’s a very basic primer on how to smoke a cigar properly. If you really want to get into the hobby, I encourage you to check out other cigar forums online where you’re going to find rich diverse communities of people who have a wealth of interests and knowledge that they’ll be able to share with you aside from just by humble video. I’ll end this with a slight warning saying, look, I enjoy cigars as a hobby. I smoke one maybe two cigars a week, and that I think is a moderates cigar usage. If you smoke more than that, it might become a little bit too much for you. I’m never going to say that cigar smoking is healthy or safe, I would never say that, but you can mitigate the damage that you do to yourself in the long term if you smoke moderately.
One cigar a week, maybe two a week, and you should be okay. That said, of course, there is the possibility of getting mouth cancer and even throat cancer but you do mitigate a lot of the lung cancer by not inhaling and having proper ventilation in your office space for smoking. There you go. I hope you enjoyed my short video, or rather long video now. And stay classy, ladies and gentlemen.