History of cigars

It is believed that the first people to use tobacco were the indigenous people of North America, perhaps as early as 8,000 years ago.

When Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas in 1492, they were given tobacco leaves as gifts. Indigenous Americans rolled dry tobacco leaves in a cornhusk, lit the roll, and inhaled the smoke.

In the 1700 and 1800s, snus was the main form of tobacco use; but around 1840, cigars became popular. After the First World War, cigars received tough competition from the "new-fangled" cigarette.

Today, very exclusive cigars are made by hand the traditional way. Most cigars, however, are made by machine.

During the 90´s, cigar smoking has enjoyed a renaissance which has also resulted in an increasing number of women showing interest in cigars.