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Cuban cigar boom? Stores and customers say not yet

2 years 5 months 2 days ago December 19, 2014 Dec 19, 2014 Friday, December 19 2014 December 19, 2014 10:29 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Rachel La Corte and Kelli Kennedy

MIAMI - The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about business.

Some tobacco shops owners in Miami's Little Havana say most customers can't afford to travel to Cuba for cigars and won't do so regularly.

Licensed American travelers can return home with $100 in alcohol and tobacco products. Experts say that's three to 20 cigars.

Cigars brought back to the U.S. must be for personal use, not resale. If the U.S. embargo with Cuba is eventually lifted, many tobacconists say they'd welcome the change. They could add Cuban tobacco to their blends, and many believe they interest in cigars would increase.

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