How To Light a Cigar October 10 2013

Lighting a cigar isn't as easy as lighting a cigar - and this can cause a bit of embarrassment if it is your first time and you want to appear sophisticated. Because cigars are big, thick and filled with moist tobacco they tend to fight flames and pose a challenge to light. However, if you follow a few simple steps, you'll be enjoying your cigar in no time and saving face at the same time.

Select a cigar lighter. Cigar lighters are the most reliable way to get an even light on your cigar. Cigar lighters uses odorless gas and feature a taller, fatter flame (sometimes even two side-by-side flames) and adjustable flame heights. If you know a guy just getting into cigar appreciation, cigar lighter engraved with his monogram makes a great choice in personalized gifts for him.

Get a grip on the cigar: Holding the cigar lighter in one hand, gently grip your cigar around the band - approximately 1 to 2 inches from the head.

Bring cigar to flame. Bring the tip of your cigar to just above the top of the flame, as close as possible without actually touching the fire. Slowly rotate the cigar around near the flame.

Start puffing: Draw in the heat by puffing on the cigar while slowly rotating it around. This process could anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute depending on the size of the cigar and the humidity levels.

Enjoy: When the tobacco around the outside rim of the cigar begins to glow and the smoke easily draws, the cigar is ready to enjoy!