Re: Cigars

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Mon, 03 May 1999 20:07:38 -0700

Hey Randy,
I am not sure I can be much help, but I am a victim of my
age group. I am now 31. Growing up in California, there
were always beach parties, surfing trips, etc. Mexico was
a 2-1/2 hour drive to the south for warm weather, warm water
and very little parental supervision. Camping on the beach
around a campfire was an amazingly fun activiy. Everybody
knew cigarettes were bad for you, pot even worse, chewing tobacco
tasted like crap, so that left smoking cigars at night under the
speckled-white canvas of smog-free ocean breezes. The had a pleasant
aroma burning or not and everyone in my age group grew up
watching Saturday afternoon spaghetti westerns on KCET or KCOP with Clint
Eastwood puffing away. You didn't have to be 18 or 21 to
buy them, you didn't breathe them in but could still fashion
all sorts of smoke shapes. You could get all sorts of cigars
that weren't available in the states, so you felt like a rebel
all around.

The best cigar I ever smoked was hand rolled
in San Andres Tuxtla, a plush tobacco growing region on
the Atlantic side of Mexico on the same parallel as Havana.
My friend and I brought back boxes upon boxes of the things.
This was in 1991. I handed them out to everyone I knew
to show them how good they were. I am convinced this is why
cigar smoking became so popular. You can quote me. 8-)


> cauthron wrote:
> Hi my name is Randy and I live in Redlands CA. I'm tring to write a paper on when and why cigar smoking has become so
> popular in the last five to ten years. Any info you can pass along would be great
> i Forgot to give you my E-mail it is