In China, growing demand for Cuban cigars | SmartPlanet

In China, growing demand for Cuban cigars | SmartPlanet.

Nader Nazemi

Cigar bar manager Eric Li inspects his collection of imported cigars.

Its a booming business in China were millionaires are being rolling out in record numbers. Cigar smoking apparently is a sign of success and having accomplished success in the world and of course a status symbol.

BEIJING – In an oak panelled room packed with slender boxes of imported cigars, Eric Li dons a pair of white gloves and gets to work. As manager of Cigar Legends, Beijing’s oldest dedicated Cigar Bar, Li’s stockroom contains a roll call of Dominican and Cuban brands: Montechristos jostling for shelf space with Cohibos and Macanudos.“Cigar smoking is a way of life, and a sign of success” Li explains as a Norah Jones record whispers in the background. 

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