When you are smoking a cigar, you’re not just smoking a cigar. You’re having a robust and sophisticated experience. However, for newer smokers, or in certain public settings, there is a certain level of cigar etiquette you should have.
Below you will find our do’s and don’ts for smoking cigars:
- Choose the Right Setting: This may be obvious to some, but it’s easy to overlook! Select an appropriate location for smoking your cigar. Look for designated smoking areas, cigar lounges, or outdoor spaces where smoking is permitted. Be considerate of non-smokers and avoid smoking in crowded areas or places where smoke may bother others.
- Respect Others’ Space: Be aware of your surroundings and ensure that your smoke does not intrude on others. Position yourself downwind or away from people who may be sensitive to smoke. Be mindful of individuals who may have allergies or respiratory issues and try to maintain a reasonable distance.
- Practice Proper Ash Management: Allow the ash to form naturally on the end of your cigar before gently tapping it off. Avoid flicking or forcefully knocking off the ash, as it may inadvertently land on someone or cause a mess. Dispose of the ash in designated ashtrays or containers provided.4.
- Engage in Conversations: Cigar smoking often presents an opportunity for camaraderie and engaging conversations. If you’re in a social setting, it’s acceptable to strike up conversations with fellow enthusiasts, sharing knowledge, experiences, and recommendations. Respect others’ privacy if they prefer solitude or indicate disinterest in conversation.
- Be Mindful of Aromas: Cigars produce distinctive aromas that may be pleasant to enthusiasts but not to everyone. Be considerate of those around you and avoid smoking in enclosed spaces where the scent can linger. If you’re smoking in a public setting, opt for milder cigars to minimize the intensity of the aroma.Don’ts:
- Don’t Smoke in Prohibited Areas: Respect smoking regulations and avoid smoking in areas where it’s explicitly prohibited, such as indoor establishments, public transportation, or areas with clear no-smoking signs. Violating smoking regulations not only demonstrates poor etiquette but may also result in legal consequences.
- Don’t Blow Smoke Directly at Others: Blowing smoke directly at someone, intentionally or inadvertently, is impolite and disrespectful. Make an effort to direct your smoke away from others to minimize any discomfort or annoyance caused by the smoke.
- Don’t Extinguish Cigars in Unapproved Locations: Never extinguish your cigar on inappropriate surfaces such as walls, floors, or furniture. This can damage property and leave behind unsightly burn marks. Instead, use designated ashtrays or allow the cigar to burn out naturally in a controlled manner.
- Don’t Rush the Smoking Experience: Cigar smoking is a leisurely activity meant to be savored and enjoyed. Avoid puffing on your cigar too frequently or smoking it too quickly, as this can generate excessive smoke and heat. Take your time, allowing the flavors to develop and savor the experience.
- Don’t Leave Cigar Butts Lying Around: Always dispose of your cigar butt appropriately. Use designated ashtrays or containers to discard your finished cigar. Leaving cigar remnants on the ground, in planters, or on tables is unsightly and inconsiderate.
Needless to say, this is not an exhaustive list. These are just some things to consider for the next time you light up your favorite smoke.