Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar. I smoke in moderation. Only one cigar at a time. Life’s too short to drink bad wine or smoke poor cigars. Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar You’re gonna go far. Cheap cigars come in handy; they stifle the odor of cheap politicians.

-- Sigmund Freud -- Mark Twain -- Don Johnson -- Pink Floyd -- Ulysses S. Grant

No Cigar

An exhibition from the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

The smell of smoke hangs in the air of a shaman’s hut in pre-Columbian South America, the winding trails and white clouds are part of ancient tribal rituals, a soldier in an 18th-century imperial column marches with a cigar clenched in his teeth, today a crowd of triumphant fans fill a stadium with a haze of cigar smoke. Among the oldest forms of tobacco use, the Cigar has gone from shamanistic ritual to luxury indulgence. However, as with all forms of tobacco use, cigar use carries serious health consequences. This exhibition features material from the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society’s Cigar Collection.