Tobacco: What the Cigar Needs Is A Good Five-Cent Machine

The era in which Vice President Thomas Marshall proclaimed a good five-cent cigar a national necessity brought the U.S. cigar industry its greatest success: the 8,500,000 stogies sold in 1920 still add up to a record. But good times are here again, thanks to the Surgeon General's report linking cigarette smoking and cancer. So far this year, cigar sales are running 30% above last year. Last week, while R. J. Reynolds, Liggett & Myers and American Tobacco all reported lower first-quarter sales, the report of Consolidated Cigar Corp. came out as rosy as the tip of a well-lit...

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