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Cuban Cigar Scams {Counterfeit Cigars}

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Cuban Cigar Scams

Post Last Modified – May 06, 2023 ¦

How to Spot Fake Cuban Cigars

If you are planning a trip to 🏝 Cuba and love their cigars, then you should {Beware Of Counterfeit Cuban Cigar Scams}, that are very popular throughout this 🏝 Island in the Caribbean.

We’ve traveled to Cuba a few times now from 🍁 Canada and loved our vacations there!

Having written about and following scams that take place in different parts of the world, it made me wonder if the 🚬 Cuban Cigars I brought back for a friend, were indeed authentic.

So I decided to dig a little further and yes, just like that real 👜 Gucci purse you may have bought in Thailand, it is quite possible that you purchased a – fake cigar.

Let’s have a look at how, where and who to buy {Authentic Cuban Cigars} from, if you plan on visiting this beautiful Island in the Caribbean.

First, check out this very short 📹 video outlining a few tips, to help spot those fakes and not become a victim of Cuban Cigar Scams.

Cuban Cigar Scams – Fake Cigars YouTube Video


Spotting Cuban Cigar Scams

Buying Cigars Off the Street – Not Recommended

Cuban Cigar Scams

As is the case with most purchases abroad, you really are taking a chance by purchasing something from a person directly off the street.

This is also the case when people approach you and they will, trying to sell you real cheap – Cuban cigars!

That is exactly what you are buying!

These are cheap counterfeit cigars, that most likely were made out of the country and sold to unsuspecting tourists. So as the old saying goes for most anything …

“If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t!”

These cigars are so real and authentic looking these days, with boxes and cigar bands made to look like the real ones and can fool most everyone.

Except for those individuals that truly know their cigars by; smell and taste.

Real Habanos Will Cost You Even in Cuba

Cuban Cigar Scams

For true cigar smokers wanting an – Authentic Habanos, then be prepared to pay extra for that “Gran Cohiba” experience.

This is the most famous of the Cuban brand and from what I have been told, the; finest of cigar in the world!

My recommendation is not to buy off the street, especially if you are looking for the higher quality brands like the one above, or a Monte Cristo and such.

Where To Buy Authentic Cuban Cigars

Fake Cuban Cigars

I was lucky in my purchase of a box of {Monte Cristo’s}, for my friend. We booked a reputable city tour that made a stop to a – Government Controlled – cigar making factory.

Outside the factory was a government owned cigar shop, where you can purchase the {real thing} and at very reasonable prices.

As well, you may be approached inside the factory to make a donation for some freshly hand rolled cigars from certain individuals, but no guarantees! 🙂

As it turned out, when I returned home and handed over my cigars to my friend, he immediately knew they were the real thing!

From the way they were rolled, the smell and other identifying marks on the cigar packaging.

Facts About Habanos In Cuba

Cuban Cigar Scams

In Cuba, all cigars are referred to as – Habanos.

This word in the Spanish language refers to something that has been made in {Havana – Cuba} or in most cases, literally; Cigars.

All authentic cigars are (government controlled) and this branch of government uses the same name … Habanos.

Cigars are collected by this branch from the many factories in Cuba. They are then sent to their distribution center, to be exported and also sent to the various government owned cigar shops.

This is a huge and profitable industry in Cuba for the government and they are trying their utmost, to banish all counterfeit cigars from entering the country.



Cuban Cigar Scams – Check Before You Purchase

I checked afterwards with a reputable cigar outlet in 🍁 Canada, after returning home from our holiday.

They and like any other reputable cigar outlet outside of Cuba will tell you, that there is only one place in Cuba to be sure of not buying fake cigars.

You must purchase from the; Government Stores in towns and at the airports.

These people will also be wearing {Official Government Uniforms} that look military and you can be guaranteed of the real thing, without becoming a victim of – Cuban Cigar Scams!

They strongly suggest to; Never Purchase Your Cigars Elsewhere!

Take A Cigar Factory Tour

Cuba Cigar Factory

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If visiting Cuba for the first time, I do recommend taking a tour of one of the many authentic cigar factories.

It really is amazing to watch individuals, craft these fine cigars by hand and to see the work that goes into that fine smoke that many people relish.

These people work hard for very little, but are happy and welcome you openly, to show off their skill and craft in making these 🌎 world re-known cigars.

Carry some extra change with you and they just might roll a cigar especially for you! 🙂

I’ve also listed the 🏝 Official Cuba Tourism link below to their website for your convenience. The website is filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful Island in the Caribbean has to offer. logo

🏝  Cuba Travel – Tourism

😎 Safe and Healthy Travels!

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