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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

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On or off?  Nope.  We will not be talking about clothes or lights today.  Instead, the on/off discussion has to do with cigar cellophane and cigar bands.  Should you keep them as-is or remove them?  Keep on reading to find out the answers and the reasons behind them.

As with virtually anything in the cigar world, the topics of cellophane and bands bring out differing opinions from the smoking community.  After all, cigar smoking is a hobby, so it’s not as if you are prohibited from doing what you want with your stogies.  Hell, you can light them up and toss them right into the ocean for all I care.  But for a beginner who wants to know some of the more “accepted” ways or techniques to follow when it comes to smoking cigars, the question of whether or not you should remove cellophane and bands from cigars is one whose answer is rather important.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the cellophane and cigar band debates, with cellophane logically coming first.

Should I keep the cellophane on my cigar or take it off when storing it?

If you plan on building a nice cigar collection, a humidor is pretty much a must-have accessory to allow you to protect your investment.  Of course, if you don’t care about maintaining your cigars properly, then by all means don’t by a humidor and just let the things dry out.  Just don’t cry about it later when they smoke in a less than desirable manner.

Having a humidor obviously provides a nice line of defense against the outside elements, but is that all you need?  Can you take the cellophane wrapping off your cigars once you have them and place them into the humidor “naked”?  Or are you better off placing them in the humidor with the cellophane still intact?  As mentioned before, opinions differ here.  So let’s look at some of what those differing opinions are.


0 # RE: Cigar Cellophane and Bands: On or Off?Jim Chmelicek 2013-09-27 08:15
I always store my cigars with cellophane since I take cigars with me when I go out and I want that protection. Unless cigars will be stored for several months the cellophane makes little difference with ageing. I never remove cigar bands for fear of damaging the wrapper.

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+1 # RE: Cigar Cellophane and Bands: On or Off?Tom T 2013-09-28 09:49
I remove cellophane so shipped cigars can breathe and absorb moisture better. To each his own

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-1 # RE: Cigar Cellophane and Bands: On or Off?Off 2013-10-13 18:51
Off and off. Cellophane is there to protect the cigar during shipping/travel. That's it.

Leaving the band on past the first few minutes of smoking (to loosen up the glue if need be) is just showing off.

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0 # Cellophane, what to doC. H. 2013-11-07 10:04
I generally leave the cellophane on for the first week or so, but i cut the tips off so the cigar can breath easier. i generally get my cigars from cigarbid and i never know when they arrive what there humidity level is. By leaving the cellophane on, if they happen to be dry, it reduces the risk of them splitting when put inside my 72% humidity humidor.

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0 # Don't Suffocate MeJR Williams 2013-11-07 10:47
Ditto's to Tom T and Off. Your Humi is to keep your sticks at the right moisture level and to let them breathe. Hard to do that if they are all wrapped up in cellophane.

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0 # Not reallyJoshua Hurst 2014-05-26 23:19
Though you may not know cellophane is a porous materiel so moisture gets in AND OUT just fine

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0 # OFFJoshua Hurst 2014-05-26 23:24
I often take my bands off not because of showing off cause I don't care what others think but because they get in the way toward the end. Why put off for later what I could do now also I like to collect bands along with boxes and tubes to each his :P own.

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