Larry Stansberry of New Orleans is the kind of man who can enjoy a good cigar. He is the Chief Executive Officer at St. Margaret’s at Mercy, a nursing home designed with its residents in mind.
He is a believer in the idea that when he buys a new cigar, what he is really buying is time to relax. That is what a cigar is really all about to Larry Stansberry of New Orleans, and millions of other cigar smokers around the world. Many of them in the United States were encouraged by the prospect of improved diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, announced at the end of 2014. Might it mean that Cuban cigars, renowned for their superior quality, would be more readily – and legally – available in the United States? Unfortunately, no. Experts say that even in a best-case scenario, it could be a long time before Cuban cigars begin showing up at the local tobacconist.
But Larry Stansberry of New Orleans and legions of other cigar aficionados are still able to enjoy a relaxing time with a fine stogie. As he knows, the sensory pleasures of smoking a good cigar are hard to beat for a true cigar lover. Smoking cigars appeals to the senses of sight, smell, and taste, and creates those slowed down, relaxing moments that mean so much. There are, of course, no hard and fast rules about smoking cigars, put out by some governing body. But many cigar smokers say that if a cigar has a good draw, then it’s hard to beat the pleasures of a 1-2-3 method of smoking. That’s when the smoker puffs on the cigar three times with each draw. The first two are strong to get the cigar going, and the third is long and slow, and fills the entire palate with smoke. And that is the beginning of the entire sensorial pleasures of smoking a good cigar.