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Gerry Laboy

JR Cigars/Montecristo
562 Fifth Ave., at 46th St.; 212-997-2227


You stock about 200,000 cigars. I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Think about the last nine meals you had, find the common denominator. Was your morning toast well-done? Were the French fries you had last night burnt? There’s your taste.

But women don’t smoke cigars.
Yes, they do, and a good 70 percent of them are very studious. They like something strong and full-bodied. Once you get past the affectation of the physical, why shouldn’t women enjoy the flavors of a good tobacco?

Best breath mint?
Anything that kills the dragon.

What’s the difference between pipe and cigar smokers?
The pipe smoker is subtler, more laid-back. Seldom is he kinetic. Cigar smokers are more sensual, tactile, like the habit itself.

Do men make fools of themselves pretending to know about cigars?
We had a guy who said his cigar wouldn’t draw, and we had to say, “Excuse me, sir, you have to cut it at the other end to get air through it.”


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