Cigar Smoking and Social Distancing
It goes without saying that smoking a cigar is more often than not, a social event. There is a true camaraderie built around the smoking of a cigar. Unfortunately, in these difficult times of social distancing and mandated quarantine, the social nature of cigar smoking can be somewhat limited. And depending on where you live, the weather isn’t necessarily helping the situation out at the moment. So what can a cigar aficionado to do to avoid being stuck in solitary while enjoying his favorite smoke?
Social Media and Cigar Smoking
While there is an inherent joy sitting on your porch alone in your thoughts for an hour or two, sometimes you need to share those moments with good friends. Given the current restrictions that so many of us face with “social distancing”, some of our tech savvy cigar lovers have come up with a unique solution; online group smokes. Taking a laptop or tablet out to the backyard and using any of the numerous online group video chat programs available means people can still engage in their banter and friendship over a cigar, even if they are separated by distance.
The Art of the Selfie
Many smokers are taking the time to post instagram images of themselves enjoying a cigar in the comfort of their own backyard or home grown cigar lounge. Friendly competition among the more industrious friends has escalated into contests for the coolest home cigar lounge. Images of patios that have been designed to look like old Havana or like a hip NYC smoking lounge have been flooding the internet.
Nothing Like a Humble Brag
The shutdown and increased stresses of general life has led to many people breaking out “trophy cigars” and enjoying the prizes that have been put away for a “special occasion”. We have seen plenty of photos of some really hard to obtain labels like Partagas “Series D” and the mythical Cohiba Behike as well as standard bearers like Fuente Opus X proudly making the rounds like trophy fish on the docks of Cabo San Lucas!
Mind Your Manners
If you normally smoke at a lounge or club and are now relegated to smoking at home, keep in mind that not EVERYONE shares the same gusto for that robusto as you do! While riding around on your John Deere puffing away to your heart’s delight shouldn’t be a problem, creating a white out in your family room while the rest of the household is binge watching Breaking Bad and The Sopranos could be problematic! And as always, mind your ash! That $20 Padron you splurged on could end up costing a heck of a lot more when you are replacing a loveseat or sofa!
Keep Calm and Smoke On
These can be trying times. Even with the uncertainty, cramped quarters and all of the other obstacles we face, allow yourself that peaceful hour (or two) to reflect on the important things in life; good friends and family, and know that a sense of normalcy will eventually return. Until then, Keep Calm and Smoke On!
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