Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

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Whether you want to wear white gloves as you smoke your cigars is up to you, but should the bands stay on the cigar?  There’s really no “rule” that you must follow, and if you look around, you’ll probably notice that most smokers keep the band on.  At least in the beginning when it’s not getting in the way.

There are a couple of possible reasons behind this.  One, the bands usually look good and can be a conversation starter with other enthusiasts.  Some might argue that by keeping it on you are showing off, and this was the general consensus back in England in the old days.  Your response to such “criticism” should be this: who cares?  Two, removing a band from a cigar before its lit could be difficult, and you might just crack the wrapper in doing so.  If you keep the band on and smoke the cigar, however, the band’s glue will eventually be heated and will become much easier to take off.

As you can see, there is no true yes or no answer to either the cellophane or the cigar band debate.  It’s really up to you how you choose to handle your cigars, and hopefully this discussion at least gave you some reasons as to which route you want to take.

Do you have any preferences when it comes to cellophane and cigar bands?  Do you prefer them on or off?  Feel free to share your views on’s General Cigar Discussion board.







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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