Cigars are known as a symbol of luxury and sophistication amongst world-class celebrities. Cuban cigars, in particular, are the epitome of luxury, being the most high-end and expensive cigar on the market. Some celebrities smoke a range of rare and vintage premium cigars, while others are not too picky with their tastes.
Famously enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill, Jack Kennedy, and President Ronald Reagan, cigars are smoked by the biggest names in history and they have become known to represent a touch of class, heritage, and achievement. Cigars are also trending in Hollywood as many pop stars, actors, and celebrity figures choose to smoke or hold a cigar during special events and public sightings to promote and endorse cigar brands.
Before we get into celebrities and their favourite picks, let’s take a brief look at why luxury cigars are a popular pass-time for celebrities.
Why are cigars so popular among celebrities?
Smoking a cigar is often considered a relaxing pastime for celebrities, often shared with their friends and family after an important red carpet event or simply after dining. It is not considered a health hazard compared to typical smoke from cigarettes (and a classier way to smoke), as you do not inhale cigar smoke.
It does not impact lung capacity like cigarettes do. In fact, celebrity athletes even smoke cigars, as it tends not to impact their cardiovascular performance on the field. Michael Jordan was perhaps the best example of this, back in the day.
Iconic cigar smokers in history (mostly Hollywood)
Sir Winston Churchill
Arnold Schwarzenegger first started smoking cigars in the 1970s. As a bodybuilding and, Hollywood icon, he promoted a range of premium cigars and made the art of cigar smoking popular among his Hollywood peers and co-stars.
Mr. Nicholson changed to cigars to kick the habit of smoking cigarettes. Often spotted with a cigar, the actor became an icon in the 1990s and 2000s for his cigar use.
Matthew McConaughey is a southern gentleman with a touch of Hollywood class. As a famous actor on the screen, he enjoys a good cigar both on and off-screen. His most notable experience was his Oscar-winning performance for Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. As the face of many brands, he is often spotted with a fine cigar and a glass of bourbon. Matthew has also been spotted with his cigars in his movies such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with a famous scene in which he and his buddies are enjoying a classy poker night.
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