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Why Do People Really Smoke Cigars?

Week of December 13, 2000


Chris Wolf
Cat Juggler/Tattoo Artist

"To hide the scent of the cheap cologne."

Allison Hebranck
Designer, Dragonflies Unique Interiors

"I don't know -- maybe it's the camaraderie, or it could be the taste. Good cigars are like good wine, and, like any of the good things in life, it can become an obsession. Personally, when in mixed company or with business associates, if cigars are passed around, I'd have one and pretend I know a lot about them -- just because I like to be one of the boys."

Steve Dickerson
President, Thunderwood Custom Software

"I really can't imagine anyone liking the taste of a cigar, though they say they do. I think it's more about virility and status. It's, like, "Look at me -- I'm rich and well hung.' I think that's what some of these guys are going for, 'cause I've never seen a guy smoke a short, teensy cigar. If they're going to smoke one, they smoke a great big honkin' one. I think they're afraid to smoke a small one."

Don Schroeder
Tormented Genius

"They do it because I hate the smell of 'em. They do it just to annoy me, like so many other things people know set me off."

Beth Mushill
Clerk, The Art of Entertainment

"It's an image thing -- a cigar makes them appear affluent and high-class. I don't necessarily think that. I think you should do what you want to do. If you like the taste, go for it -- don't just smoke because you think it makes you look good."

Jimmy Seidel
Owner, Snarf's

"I think it has a lot to do with that whole Bill Clinton thing, and now guys think women like Monica find it attractive."

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