Cuban Cigars: Why Obama's New Policy Won't Mean a New Flood of Cohibas from Havana

December 17, 2014 9:30 PM

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American cigar smokers anxiously flicked their lacquered lighters this morning when news broke that President Barack Obama would be easing the decades-old restrictions on Cuban travel and goods. Since 1962, Cuba's legendary cigars have been banned from the shelves of American tobacconists and many travelers have sadly handed over their duty-free smokes to border agents.

Before you start tweeting it to everyone you know, Cuban cigars have not been legalized for sale in the US. That much has not changed and cannot change until Congress agrees to reverse the trade embargo. Also, travel restrictions will be loosened, but it's not like you can run down to the terminal a...

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