Cigars

I am here to deliver a message—brutally unpopular as it may be with many, but certainly on the money with the readers of this fine blog page. It’s a secret that we Brothers of the Leaf have literally known for centuries. And even though what I am about to state may be my own humble opinion, I am willing to risk ridicule and damnation to stand up for one of the greatest passions I have ever known in my entire life.

I am here to certify that smoking fine cigars is, without a doubt, good for you!

I realize my brazen remarks fly smack into the face of conventional wisdom… but conventional wisdom once told us that the earth was flat, man could not fly, the Russians were evil, and so on, and so on…. To that I say, feh! (And, may I digress to state that I have still never tasted orange zest, marzipan, or roasted venison in my Montecristo?)

Listen again as I say it loud and say it proud: The act of smoking fine cigars is good for you—good for the mind, good for the soul, and an absolute benefit to the human condition. A good cigar is a best friend in your moments of reflection, a calming influence when the brain is frenzied, and a stimulating boost when your battery has run low. In the words of British Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, a highly influential Christian leader in Great Britain during the mid 1800s, “When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His Name.”

I proclaim that the mental effects of cigar smoking bring forth relaxing benefits that no $300-an-hour shrink can provide. A savored nightly smoke delivers the mental tranquility that is absent from a long, hard day at work. The rich aroma of a finely aged blend, and the physical act of drawing that heavenly first puff can truly put one into a happy place that no horse-pill tranquilizer could ever provide. And, most amazing of all, the physical body follows suit, as your nerves calm and your breathing slows to a healthier pace. All the foibles and pratfalls of daily life seem to drift magically away into a blue swirl of bliss. The mind/body connection has never been so evident to me then after partaking in a handrolled cigar. Oh yes, I will state my case again, that cigar smoking just may be the remedy to what ails you.

So, who am I to make such a demonstrative assertion? What credentials do I retain that qualify me to declare such outrageous pomposity? You’re right if you assume that I possess no MD or PhD. (and I’m guessing you don’t either!). If you have never reveled in the ritual of a post-dinner puro, then how can you disclaim my words? And this is just an observation, but when I attend smoking bars and private clubs, I witness so many doctors relaxing with fine cigars and enjoying themselves. And that is a fact.

I didn’t just make this stuff up. If you Google “cigar quotes” you’ll find a plethora of statements, much like Reverend Spurgeon’s, made by lauded poets, novelists, and great people of history who have found the cigar to be the secret ingredient to a long and wonderful life. What we must keep in mind is that the likes of George Burns (100), Sigmund Freud (83), Winston Churchill (90), J.P. Morgan (75), Groucho Marx (86), Thomas Edison (84), and Mark Twain (74), all smoked an astounding fifteen to twenty cigars per day for close to half a century… apiece! (A spritz of Febreze anyone?) Oh… and, just in case you wondered, those numbers in parentheses? The ages that each of them lived to be.cigars are good doctor

Of course I do believe that, in this day and age, moderation is an important factor in sustaining a healthy lifestyle. A hundred years ago people weren’t dealing with the pollutants in the air, water, and food that we face today. It has been stated that these factors combined with smoking can escalate any possible physical ailments that could arise in a person. So, while it has been pointed out that many great men throughout history have smoked an abundance of daily cigars, let me be clear that I am not advocating that type of behavior for today. Red wine has been lauded as good for your heart and a glass per day is suggested. However, polishing off a bottle per night would most likely have your liver pickled in no time. Olive oil is supposedly great for your cholesterol, but pouring an entire jug onto your salad will probably send you off to worship to the porcelain god. Moderation is key. I generally smoke one cigar per day, sometimes two, sometimes none. For me, it is always at night, and often while gathering with a good friend or two. We who enjoy our stogies know that there is something amazing about the effects of communal bonding with other cigar lovers. But, whether alone or in good company, be your choice a Habana, Dominican, Nicaraguan, or Honduran, I maintain that the act cigar smoking—in moderation— can have profound benefits to one’s overall longevity.

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