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Stogie Commentary: Everyone Deserves a Good Smoke

23 May 2006

Chances are you probably didn’t catch this article in Sunday’s Contra Costa Times about an Oakley, California man who hated his first cigar, but grew up to own two stogie stores (including his own brand).

But as a fastidious reader of every piece of news concerning the world of cigars, I wasn’t about to let this one fall through the cracks. “Why,” you’re probably asking, “is this esoteric tale worth relaying to all of us Stogie Guys?” Well, as it turns out, it provides the perfect opportunity for me to make two very important points.

First – and most obviously – if you don’t like your first cigar that certainly doesn’t mean you will never like any cigars. You owe it to yourself to at least try another. As in many cases in life, persistence pays off.

Now on to my second point: The man in the article, Tony Hemenes, was quoted as saying that “you are not going to find lower income people who like cigars.” Bullshit.

Regardless of the fallacy society developed that cigars are only for the rich and elite, stogies are for Jane Doe and John Everyman just as much as they are for Fidel Castro and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Many wonderful cigars cost less than the price of a Miller Lite at your local pub, and they’re sure to last much longer. Case in point: StogieGuys.com has already provided you with reviews of two very respectable cigars (see here and here) that cost less than $3 a smoke – and there are many more to come.

While I have a lot of respect for Mr. Hemenes as a successful entrepreneur in a commendable industry, I can’t agree with his assertion that stogies do not transcend class structures. A good smoke is for anyone – rich or poor, man or woman – who deserves a bit of flavorful relaxation.

-Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: Everyone Deserves a Good Smoke”

  1. Anonymous Friday, May 26, 2006 at 8:49 pm #

    Hmmm…two well off white guys talking about how cigars are for everyone…will wonders never cease. What do either of you know about being anything but being well off? How many Jane Doe and John Everyman work for companys that send them to $250 a plater dinners? Get a clue.

  2. Anonymous Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 10:48 pm #

    It does not matter what their company does. If Jane Doe and John Everyman can afford a pack or two a day habit, a $3 dollar (or even $10) cigar should not break the bank, $250/plate dinner or not. You get a clue!

  3. TONY HEMENES Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    I JUST FOUND THIS ON THE WEB. YOU DID NOT READ THE PAPER RIGHT I DID NOT SAY POOR PEOPLE COULD NOT AFORD A GOOD CIGAR. I SAID

    CIGARS SOLD GOOD DO TO THE RICH AND A LOT OF ACTORS WERE SMOKING THEM. EVEY BODY COULD BUY ONE RICH OR POOR BUT YOU DONT SEE A GUY OR GIRL THAT WORKD FOR MIN. WAGE WILL BY A 20.00 CIGAR.

    MR HEMENES

    MRHEMENES@AOL.COM

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