6 Good Reasons People Smoke Cigars

Jeff Miller
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When a Child is Born

Whether it’s a baby boy or a baby girl, it may be the first cigar someone carefully and lovingly smokes to celebrate the occasion.

Feeling Victorious

Cigars make a great reward after completing a goal or milestone. We’ve all heard smokers say: “I’ve accomplished so much today, I deserve to have my cigar now”. Assuming you’ve been plotting what you plan to do with your day, this metaphor is spot on. It’s basically a celebration of what you’ve accomplished; a pleasure to enjoy. Reward yourself at the end of the day by enjoying your favorite cigar, cognac, or liqueur.


Cigars are made to be smoked in an elegant setting. There is something inherently romantic about a man puffing on a cigar while indulging with others in a luxurious cigar room. Smokers know that the act of smoking a cigar is a time-honored tradition that has been around for a long time. Most often, it’s used to mark a milestone in one’s life. Investing in high-quality cigars means you’re reaching for something new and making an effort to celebrate. This is very different from cigarettes that are often used for everyday use and are often smoked in everyday situations. Cigars hold a special place in those who appreciate them.

In addition, people have become more health conscious and prefer smoking cigars over other products. Part of it is because of the time-honored tradition that cigars have, but another part is the fact that they are healthier, especially for casual smokers.


If the man smokes cigars, then there is a 97% chance that he married a smoker as well. People who enjoy cigars specifically tend to enjoy the company of other people who enjoy cigars. After a woman learns that her husband smokes cigars, she might want to smoke a cigar as well.

Also, if a man has a smoking hot wife who looks good in a bathing suit and enjoys the company of people who enjoy smoking cigars, he’s likely to start smoking cigars since his wife is obviously the type who enjoys smoking cigars with friends.

This leads to a vicious cycle. The husband loves his wife, the wife loves her husband, but both smoke cigars and their love culminates with cigars, making the relationship stronger.

Also, smoking cigars together creates a stronger bond between friends. When friends smoke cigars together, they tend to spend more time hanging out, talking, and eating than other kinds of smokers. So if you want to have a lot of fun with your friends who smoke cigars, you should encourage them to keep the cigar smoking alive and well. When friends smoke cigars together, they tend to become really close friends because they feel like they have a private language to share.


Celebrations, and Special Occasions.

In today’s world, the smoking of a cigar purely for pleasure is more common. Nowadays, there are no official rules or regulations on smoking cigars. You can choose to take your time and enjoy the company of friends (and perhaps a drink or two). You can also choose to smoke a cigar quickly – the way you would a cigarette.

Basically, smoking cigars for enjoyment rather than for medicinal purposes is perfectly acceptable these days. However, when choosing cigars for special occasions, try to choose from the extensive line of flavored cigars (bonuses are often available for those who do).

That’s because the taste of a flavored cigar remains on the palate long after the smoke clears from the air. When that’s the case, you can truly savor the flavor of your brandy, corona, or cognac.

Relaxing with a Cigar

For many people, having a glass of wine or a cocktail is a nice way to end the day. For others, a pleasant end to the day is taking a few minutes to disconnect from the world and relax the mind. If you are looking for a way to unwind with a cigar, you may be doing it for the same reasons.

Maybe after a stressful day or a long week, you are looking for a change of pace. Maybe you are an experienced smoker, but want a new experience. Whatever your preference, there are several reasons you may be choosing a cigar over other methods of relaxation.

Other Reasons to Smoke Cigars

Some other reasons to smoke cigars that aren’t on our list are: love of the game, camaraderie amongst cigar smoking friends, cigar smoker’s club/association, economy, and boredom. All of these reasons enjoy the experience of smoking and enjoying a cigar.

Deeper / more intense flavors: Cigars taste differently than cigarettes. This is because they’re made differently. Cigars are made using tobacco leaves. Cigarettes are made using ground up tobacco leaves or tobacco scraps along with other additives.

Longer smoking experience: Cigars make for a longer smoking experience than cigarettes do. Because cigars are made with more tobacco leaves, they typically have a much longer smoking time than cigarettes. This is also because they’re bigger.

Mental / golf / bridge break: Many people really enjoy taking a break when they’re playing golf, bridge, etc. and while they’re smoking a cigar. This is a great way to take a break and relax.

The Ice Breaker

Cigar When I was 18 or 19 and lived at home, I shared a townhouse with two other guys and two girls. We were all young, just out of college, and all of us pretty much just wanted to live together because we could save money.

One of the rules my roommate set was that a few nights a week, we'd have to smoke cigars and have a few drinks and be social. He said this would help the house be a "real" home. At the time I thought this was quite a long shot.

Wow, was I wrong. I'm now 34 and married, and we still do that every couple of weeks and it's the highlight of my week; it's our date night. We honestly don't even drink the alcohol anymore; we just enjoy the cigars and the great conversations we have. I often wonder if we still do it as frequently as we do if we could have gotten together and married.

Not many guys would think of having cigars as an ice breaker or a way to meet people, but it's a great way to do so.

Simple Enjoyment

As we’ve already pointed out, Dutch patron saint of tobacco Johannes Vermeer displayed a cigar in a painting he made during the time when smoking tobacco became popular. And even though cigar smoke definitely has a pungent, heavy odor, there are many people who love their cigars because the smoke is just so pleasant.

These people appreciate how their cigars feel in their hands – how the wrapper feels rough while the tobacco is smooth, for instance. They enjoy the smell of a fine cigar and the way it feels when they blow smoke out of their nostrils. There’s something that feels natural about cigars and tobacco, and these people feel that way.

Many of these cigar lovers don’t consider themselves as smokers because they don’t smoke just for the nicotine. They smoke for the enjoyment of it.

Getting Together with Friends

Smoking a cigar isn’t always about enjoying the tobacco. It can be about enjoying the time spent with friends and family. It’s a time to connect with other people, to enjoy a break and take some time out of your busy day.

Final Thoughts

Smoking cigars can be an enjoyable, relaxing, and social pastime. The number one reason why people smoke cigars is because it tastes good. It’s also a great way to relieve stress after a hard day’s work. People smoke cigars to celebrate a special occasion or to mark a memorable moment. The release of good news, the birth of a baby, and a major business deal are just a few of the occasions that can be celebrated with a good cigar.

Smoking cigars is also a good way to gain a level of comfort. The first time you smoke a cigar, you’ll definitely want to take your time and savor it. This is a good way to get used to the smell and to familiarize yourself with the smoke.

Smoking cigars is also popular amongst individuals who are part of the cigar and spirits aficionado community. These individuals’ knowledge and experience in the cigar industry will make you appreciate the cigar, keep you coming back for more, and make you want to try other cigars in the future.