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Stogie Commentary: Don’t Quit Smoking!

20 Aug 2007

You can’t go a single day without hearing that you need to quit smoking. Whether its those annoying advertisements on television, government officials lecturing us, or just some busybody trying to run your life, the number of people telling you to quit is nearly endless. (I even recently saw an ad on another cigar website selling the latest and greatest method for quitting…You won’t find that here!)

What none of these people get is that for many smoking – and especially smoking cigars – is the right choice. So here is a list of four reasons why you shouldn’t quit smoking:

Don't Quit Smoking1. Smoking cigars is cool. Think about all the interesting people that smoke cigars: Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, Red Auerbach, Al Capone, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, Tony Soprano, John F. Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Rush Limbaugh, Sigmund Freud, J.P. Morgan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Elvis… The list goes on and on. You don’t need to love all those people, agree with them, or even admire them, but the fact is throughout history great characters have tended to be cigar smokers.

Smoking is a personal statement, and that statement is independence and flair. Ayn Rand once said of smoking, “Fire, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips.” Smoking exudes sophistication and an ability to relax and enjoy life. These are the people you want to hang out with, not dull teetotalers.

2. Smoking cigars is better than a shrink. Smoking cigars is an exercise in mental health. Chemically, nicotine increases activity in the brain’s neurotransmitters and creates endorphins that act as natural painkillers and give you a pleasurable rush.

When smoking you clear your mind and slow down what is too often a hectic life. This slower pace gives you perspective and peace of mind. Non-smokers go see a shrink while smokers know that cigars can make a bad day better or improve a good day.

3. Smoking cigars is cheap. Anti-smokers claim smokers “waste” money on cigars. What they don’t realize is that smoking is actually a real bargain.

What else can you spend a mere three dollars on and get an hour of enjoyment in today’s society? Going to the movie theater costs ten bucks and a mediocre meal can cost you two or three times that much. But sit down with a cigar and you get a relaxing hour that anyone can afford.

4. Smoking cigars is a luxury. Since the previous item was “Smoking is cheap,” some might be confused about how cigars can also be a luxury. Well, that’s the wonderful thing about cigars. Most luxuries cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Some people buy super-fast cars, some travel to exotic locations.

But I can have a luxurious, hour-long vacation by simply sitting on my front porch with a good cigar and a decent drink. And smoking is the kind of luxury that can be enjoyed with other luxuries. Want to make that exotic vacation better? Smoke a cigar in an exotic location.

That’s the beauty of cigars. For next to nothing a cigar can make even the most average activity luxurious.

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23 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: Don’t Quit Smoking!”

  1. Adrianna Monday, August 20, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    Finally! Some sound medical advice I can actually adhere to…

    Patrick S, you're an MD, right?

  2. Patrick S Monday, August 20, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Some people call me doctor

  3. B Casanova Monday, August 20, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    Amen! Well said. Reminds me of a great comment Sigmund Freud made to his young nephew, Harry, after he declined a cigar…

    “My boy! Smoking is one of the greatest and cheapest enjoyments in life, and if you decide in advance not to smoke, I can only feel sorry for you.”

  4. Cigar Jack Monday, August 20, 2007 at 10:07 am #

    Fantastic post! I'm amazed at how many people are so afraid to even try a cigar. The Anti-Smoking Media Blitz has them believing that one cigar will instantly cause them to fall over and die of cancer.

  5. ironmeden Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 12:35 am #

    I hate to say this but I know my Google Ads on my website displays those stop smoking ads, but those are the ones I click on when i’m at other peoples homes. I might as well have them pay me for continuing my hobby of cigar smoking.

  6. Magnus Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:01 am #

    Dugg!

    ironmeden, maybe it’s time to consider a different ad provider? I might have to do the same.

  7. Padronnie Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    Damn google… why are they so anti-tobacco?

    At least for the moment, it is still a legal product, isn't it?

  8. Cigar Jack Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 11:46 am #

    I’m surprised Google hasn’t zapped you yet. They won’t even let me sign up because I’m about cigars. I’ve had good luck with a couple other services though.

  9. Abort Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm #

    You forgot Tony Montana under interesting people who smoke cigars. Scarface is the reason I tried smoking cigars in the first place.

  10. Cigar Jack Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 6:21 pm #

    Unfortunately it appears Yahoo is going the same route with their service.

  11. matthew cortez Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    Smoking cigars is not a habit it is a celebration!

  12. ironmeden Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 6:52 pm #

    I think once I get my first $100 from google Ads i will probably discontinue them. I'm just at $95!

    Some people may not know but the guys that own Google are big Democrat supporters!

  13. antismoker Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    get a life smoking sucks

  14. Quit Smoking Fags LO Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 7:57 am #

    I'm not a smoker although I used to enjoy an odd cigar when out with the guys.

    I detest cigarette smoke and the attitude of many cigarette smokers. It's like the comments say – you need a cigarette, but you choose to smoke a cigar. I think there's a huge difference.

    I'd also be surprised if non smokers were anywhere near as offended by cigar smoke as they would be by cigarette smoke. Good quality cigars smell nice – cigarettes don't.

    I agree the image of the cigar smoker is affluent and confident whereas the dependant cigarette smoker is a couple of notches up from a heroin addict.

    Enjoy your hour on the porch gentlemen.

  15. Karan Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    Nice! i`ll be stopping by from time to time 😉

  16. Петр Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    Да уж… Тут как в поговорке: А где щи, тут и нас ищи.:)

  17. eftichis Monday, April 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Yes – smoking makes you so much more independent, and there are no health issues involed AT ALL. An don't forget that i's cool! Holy shit, you really got problems mate. I've been smoking for 7 years now, and know what i'm talking about:

    -Smoking IS a waste of money.

    – Of course you won't die of cancer immediately (DUH..)

    – I guess you really are more interesting when you smoke. It might be because so few humans are smoking… (piss off- oh sry, I should respect you, because you remind me so much of Winston churchhill – ah wait, no you don't dipshit!)

    – If you need to feel rich than that's you fucking problem.

    So, please – for the sake of the human kind – stop talking about stuff you have never experienced and grow a brain.

    The only reason for smoking is not caring about what you do to yourself, and really believing that it relaxes you. Oh, this might interest you: Weed calms you down as well, and it's so relaxing. (And yes, i smoked weed as well.)

    For those of you who want to get down o business, check ot Allan Carr on the internet- he really helped me quit smoking. And it's for free 😉

    Take care,

    eftichis

  18. WARLOCK Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    Интересно! Надеюсь продолжение будет не менее интересным…

  19. Anonymous Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    Информация полезная. Спасибо. Хотелось бы только апдейтов почаще

  20. Nameshy Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    A refreshing article. Pipes are good, too.

  21. Bulk Board Barry Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I used to be a smoker. It was nice in the first few years, but then it starts to become too much of a habit. You need that stuff just to feel normal.

    But I figured… I was feeling normal before I took up smoking, so I might as well quit.

    So I quit.

    It's been nearly 30 years and I've never looked back. I don't really want it anymore, thankfully.

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