March 4, 2006 - Posted at 1:31 p.m. CST
HAVANA (AP) _ Cigars lovers are descending on Cuba this month
for Havana's annual cigar festival.
Connoisseurs from around the world are experiencing supreme
stogies that they say bring them pleasure, peace and often big
One aficionado says people need to know how to smoke a good
cigar. He says it should not be smoked like a cigarette and should
not be smoked in a disco.
People at the cigar festival get to visit cigar factories and
plantations and network with distributors. Multimillionaire
businessmen and mysterious figures mingle with publishers,
musicians and engineers.
Cigars are one of Cuba's most important exports, worth about 340
million dollars annually. But trade restrictions against
communist Cuba prevent the island's cigars from legally entering
the U.S. market.