CUBA: Men v. Machines

Machine-made cigars have been old stuff in the U.S. ever since the late George Washington Hill, master huckster, coined the advertising slogan, "SPIT is a horrid word, but it's worse on the end of your cigar." Until Hill and his machine-made Cremos, the U.S. had happily smoked stogies rolled by hand. It was Hill's contention that cigar makers' saliva held the stogies together at their tip, but cigar makers insisted that they used vegetable gum.

In the home of fine Havana tobaccos, Hill is not honored. There is nothing in the world, say the Cubans, like the coronas, perfectos...

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