It was uncommon for women to smoke cigars for a very long time as cigar smoking was historically and exclusively smoked by wealthy men and a very select few wealthy women (those that were queens of countries and etc). Cigar smoking was seen as a male endeavor, smoking fine cigars proved that you had very good business sense and a successful business.
What cigars represent
Cigar smoking was seen as a symbolism of wealth, power and status. It also represents masculinity due to its large phallic shape. The average woman historically did not have their own income to spend and purchase cigars as their husbands are usually the breadwinner of the family. At present, as women’s status and financial income grew exponentially throughout the decades; smoking cigars was just another indication of women’s advancement in society.
What men think about women smoking cigars
There are a growing number of men who support the idea of women smoking cigars. Some say that it allows women to express their masculine side and "regain their power". Other men think that women who smoke cigars are sexy. Women who smoke cigars despite others’ opinions gain men’s respect as they are seen as individuals who stand their ground and don’t care about what others think of them.
Where to smoke
The best place for both women and men to smoke and socialize is a cigar lounge. Lounges like 8eightyeight Cigar Lounge offers a wide range of word famous handcrafted cigars including those by Arturo Fuente, Diamond Crown, Graycliff, Padron, Rocky Patel and a host of others. Going to these lounges to smoke cigars doubles the fun as you will be socializing with other cigar enthusiasts! It is a welcoming sight when 1 or 2 women pops in for a good smoke in this male dominated past time.
In 1980, women bought a tenth of a percent of cigars. At present, women make up 2% of all cigars sold! That’s a 3000 percent increase! One can only imagine how many women will be smoking cigars in the next 20 years! It is estimated that women smoke about 3-5 cigars every month.
Cigar smoking among women symbolizes a lot more than just the smoking itself. It sends a message to society that women have gained their position in society in terms of wealth and power. They are independent, strong women who are able to handle cigars with a hint of class