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How to Light a Cigar

Watch more Cigars 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Light a cigar properly and you'll enjoy smoking a stogie even more. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Cut the cigar In one quick move with a cigar cutter (never with scissors or a knife) cut the covered head of the cigar just before the end of the cap -- the piece of tobacco glued to the head to keep the wrapper together. A visible line often marks the end of the cap. Tip The "foot" is the end of the cigar you light. The "head" is the end you cut and put in your mouth, generally closer to the label. Step 2: Choose a light Choose your lighting method: a butane torch lighter or wooden match. Gas lighters, scented candles, and stovetops will damage the flavor of your stogie. Tip Many aficionados prefer using cedar strips, found in tobacco shops. You can also break off one of the thin wooden separators on the inside of an old cigar box. Step 3: Preheat Preheat your cigar by slowly rotating the foot above a flame until the edges of the wrapper begin to blacken. Your cigar is now primed for lighting. Tip Remove the label if you like. Step 4: Grip cigar Hold the head of the cigar with your thumb, index, and middle fingers and place it in your mouth. Step 5: Puff and roll Ignite another flame. Slowly begin rotating the foot of your cigar just above and perpendicular to the flame. Complete one revolution, gently drawing air into your mouth while puffing your lips. Be sure not to inhale the smoke. Step 6: Check lit end After rotating the cigar once, take it out of your mouth and look at the foot to make sure you have an even burn. If the glow of the lit end is uneven, complete another rotation. Tip If you can't tell whether the glow is even, gently blow into the ember. Step 7: Enjoy cigar Kick back, relax, and enjoy a pleasant smoke. To really appreciate your cigar, smoke slowly. You should only take about one puff a minute. Did You Know? The word "stogie" dates back to the 19th century, when Conestoga-wagon drivers would pick up stray tobacco leaves and mold them into makeshift cigars.
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