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Sunday, October 08, 2006

'Cigar Renaissance' Heats Up Again in U.S.

By the Staff
For the story behind the story...
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006 3:46 p.m. EDT

'Cigar Renaissance' Heats Up Again in U.S.

For about five years in the 1990s, the cigar industry luxuriated in a wild sales boom when celebrities and trendy 20-somethings decided that puffing imported, hand-rolled stogies was The Next Big Thing.

The bubble burst when the supply of quality tobacco couldn't keep up with demand. The market became flooded with inferior but pricey cigars hastily rolled with lower grade tobacco, as many of the poseurs and neophytes moved on to something else.

In the years since, the industry has enjoyed a quiet, steady climb. The bad product is mostly gone, the market settled and refined tobacco growing methods make "sticks" from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras every bit as good as those storied but forbidden Cuban stogies.

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