When we talk about Cigar Etiquette, we talk about good and bad manners. We do not have one book as the Cigar Bible or Commandments, or saying that this is the only way of doing it.
However, through the experience that we got from Cigar Aficionados and lovers since the beginning of the Cigar era, we reached a point where we understand that there are some ways of respecting what we puff as well as respecting ourselves and our "Brothers-of-the-leaf", especially when we are having a precious thing in our hands and smoking it.
Zino Davidoff, the founder of the Swiss luxury brand "Davidoff" was the pioneer in the Etiquette recording. In 1967, he published an essay under the title of "Zino Davidoff's Guide to Cigar Etiquette".
His essay was mainly about the Do and Do not, arranged in a way to explain how a gentleman should behave while having a Cigar. We cannot gather all the quotes and rules that each Cigar lover can mention, but we have listed below the main points that should be respected while puffing your Cigar.
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"There's something about smoking a Cigar that feels like a celebration. It's like a fine wine. There's quality, a workmanship, a passion that goes into the smoking of a fine Cigar." (Demi Moore)
"A Cigar ought not to be smoked solely with the mouth. But with the hand, the eyes & with the spirit."
What is good and what is not in Cigar Smoking and Enjoyment
In parallel, Harry Hurt suggested four basic rules of cigar etiquette in an article he published in 2005 in the New York Times:
At the end, Cigar puffing is a time to enjoy; the most private one that you can experience. It is your moment in the day to relish in the tranquility of the Cigar, and appreciate its aroma and flavor.
Let the Cigar be your focus and the center of attention, and not the show off...
N.B. Etiquette concerning the Cigar Lounges will be explained in details in the "Reviews /Cigar Lounges" section.