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International Smoke A Cigar Day

May 31 is proclaimed „International Enjoy a Cigar Day“

The United Nations is an organization that is a world master in making up international days for … Many of them make sense but demonstrate that some topics in the media and public opinion are underexposed in everyday life. 

Cigar Rights of America (CRA, www.cigarrights.org) and Cigar Rights of Europe (CRE, www.cigarrightsof europe.com) have agreed to use this instrument and have proclaimed May 31, 2018, the „ 1st International Enjoy a Cigar Day“. 

On this day, both consumer organizations want to draw attention to the following: 

  • that the cigar is a luxury product, enjoyed by discerning adults as an indulgence, not a habit; 
  • that each premium cigar is a natural product;
  • that the enjoyment of cigars can contribute to one’s personal wellbeing by offering moments of solace, contemplation and fellowship;
  • that premium cigars, versus other tobacco products such as cigarettes, should not be treated the same way by law;
  • that patrons of cigars, and producers and sellers of cigars contribute to their communities, support charities, and believe in the right to personal freedom; 
  • that thousands of jobs are maintained in agriculture, industry, and commerce (above all in countries that need support);
  • that cigar patrons believe they should have the option to enjoy a cigar where they are welcome. Private property owners, be it retail tobacconists or establishments in the hospitality sector, should have the liberty to set their own rules for the enjoyment of cigars, not governmental bodies that have alternative agendas; 
  • that cigar culture should be assigned world heritage status. 

Reinhold C. Widmayer

His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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