After a long conversation at "my home" conversing with a friend about what I believe to be a highly important topic, I decided that I must share a few lines. By the way, "my home" is the cigar lounge that I spend a large majority of my time. I would not call myself an aficionado however, I've been an avid cigar smoker for roughly 14 years. As with most things, in the beginning I extensively researched the age old practice of cigar smoking. Anyone that knows me quickly finds out that I'm a cigar smoker. And with this discovery I'm often asked for advice on entering this custom. Typically in the form of "yo, I love the smell and I've been wanting to try smoking cigars". I offer basic advice, leading the guy or sometime gal to a point of preferential discovery. More times than not, inexperienced smokers lead others to believe things that are false and boarder line stupid. You probably heard it before, "You want to start with something light then move on to something heavier". Not to say that this is bad advice however the audience may not have inquired due to smelling something light. The aroma of a very dark cigar may have been the allure. Below is a list of things that are absolutely don't dos' and improper cigar etiquette. This list will grow over time.
1. Never ever, ever ever, offer your lit cigars to someone else to try. This isn't weed. Smokers don't puff puff pass. It is customary for smokers to offer a stick to one another, especially after discussing a particular cigar that one is smoking. However, one man doesn't place his mouth on another's smoked cigar.
2. Don't throw around the word "full bodied". Have you ever heard, or worst used, the phrased "I like em full bodied man". An experienced smoker will typically then ask for an example. If the conversation stops there, you just lost credibility. Cigars are made from various tobacco plants with vast complexities. A Connecticut wrapped stick can be of higher quality and superior to a dark leaf Oscuro. If you actually prefer a full bodied cigar, enjoy. However, don't just use a term because it sounds popular.
3. Care of my homey, Country (nickname), don't stub your cigar. Stubbing is the act of smashing out the stick when you are done. Similar to the way cigarette smokers put out their cigs. This can be taken as disrespect to a fellow smoker that suggested or gave you the stick. You won't be getting another smoke from that person in the future. Another reason this is a "don't do" is because saliva builds up in the cigar as you smoke it. When one presses the tobacco down the lit portion merges with the saliva resulting in a very unsavory smell. Therefore, you should simply place the cigar down and allow it to burn out naturally.