Even if you've never smoked in your life, it's hard to deny the traditional appeal of a cigar. With a stogie gently smoldering in one hand and a glass of fine whisky in the other, you'll feel as if you're in the company of influential men like Ernest Hemingway, Al Capone, and Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Churchill waving to the crowds, seen with his signature cigar.

Sir Winston Churchill waving to the crowds, seen as usual with his signature cigar.

Cigars also pair well with various activities, ranging from poker games to milestone celebrations, and they can be a huge morale-booster in tough times. Whether everything's going smoothly or the excrement has hit the proverbial fan, there comes a time to smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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However, if you're not well-versed in the ways of cigars, you may end up looking foolish to those who are. In the words of RECOIL contributor Mike Searson, “Cigar culture is a bit like gun culture… There are protocols, special tools, and a subculture attached to it.”

The anatomy of a cigar. Source: RECOIL

The anatomy of a cigar. Source: RECOIL

If you're interested in learning more about cigar etiquette and anatomy, check out RECOIL's excellent online guide, titled “Thank You for Smoking”. It even includes a buyer's guide with several suggested cigars you can try out. With these tips, you'll be able to blend seamlessly into the cigar culture, and never make a fool of yourself among other smokers.

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