Cigars have been an important part of American culture for many years. In the 19th century, cigar smoking was extremely common, while cigarettes were still comparatively rare. The cigar business was an important industry, and most of the fine cigars in the US were imported from Cuba, the cigar haven of the world. However, after President John. F. Kennedy imposed a ban on imports from Cuba due to political reasons, cigar sales took a back seat. At that time, cigarette sales picked up very quickly. Purchasing Cuban cigars became illegal in the US. Unfortunately, cuban cigars were the most commonly smoked cigars and were the favorites of all American cigar smokers. Although, many Americans sought to illegally purchase Cuban cigars, many also chose the easier way out and shifted to cigarettes that were freely available in the American market.
However, through the mid to late 1990s, several cultural phenomena caused the popularity of cigar smoking to skyrocket once again in the United States. The unexpected resurrection in cigar smoking created a demand that was difficult to meet given the few cigar brands available. Moreover, the implication of America’s Cuban trade prohibition, imposed nearly 30 years earlier — well before many of the new cigar aficionados were born — became very obviously a hurdle. Many cigar retailers tried to capitalize on the craze and could name a price on almost every brand of cigar. Slowly, a number of cigar manufacturers within the country arose and so did the sales of cigars. Cigars sales soon came in competition with cigarette sales in the United States.
There is still a great demand for cigars all over the country and the sales of cigars are still looming large.