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Saturday, 13 October 2012

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ltroopsleadpicWe can never have too many places to enjoy a cigar, especially with all the no-smoking regulations these days. That’s why we’re always happy to hear about new cigar shops and smoking lounges opening up around the country.  Also this week, we have a mysterious new cigar, a way to cheer up our troops overseas and the ultimate in automotive luxury.




Rojo Cigar Lounge is a Cool Place to Hang

When owners Ron Nesheiwat and George Arambula opened their Rojo Cigar Lounge on August 31, they hoped to give smokers in Chicago Heights, IL, a fun place to relax and light up. That’s just what they got, and business is brisk.




Nesheiwat told a reporter, “We can comfortably seat 44. We feature premium hand-rolled cigars; no cigarettes and no cheap, smelly cigars.

“People can come in and watch the game, play cards or dominoes, or just talk. We want people who come here to enjoy themselves and the experience. We’re trying to bring back the elegance of cigars.

“One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people who are buying cigars today are people who didn't buy cigars before. There are more blacks and Hispanics buying cigars, as well as blue collar workers. That’s why I picked this location. We draw from all over the Southeast Suburbs.”

The Rojo humidor contains hand-rolled cigars ranging in price from $5 to $22, and Nesheiwat explains, “I’m probably the cheapest cigar lounge around. I’m trying to turn a hobby into a lifestyle.”

The Rojo Cigar Lounge is located at 101 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL. Phone

Cigars for Soldiers Cheers Up Our Troops

Our troops serving overseas deserve all the support we can give them, and retiree Don Benjamin has turned his love for cigars into a way to lift their spirits when they’re far away from home.



Earlier this year, Benjamin founded Cigars for Soldiers, a charity that works with the
Tinder Box in Ahwatukee, AZ, to send boxes of cigars to troops serving in such places as Afghanistan and Kabul. The group’s first fundraiser in March sent $2,000 worth of cigars to our armed forces.

Benjamin explained why he wanted to send cigars to the troops: “(Smoking) cigars is a relaxing thing to do, and you usually do it with someone else.” One soldier sent him a thank you note calling the gift of cigars the “next best thing to seeing a therapist.”

The next fundraiser is on Saturday, November 3. For more information, call Benjamin at (602) 290-9192 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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