Business: Smoke Signals

When Jimmy Carter allowed the ban on American travel to Cuba to lapse last March, no one was happier than cigar aficionados. They had been deprived — legally, at least — of the pleasures of Cuban stogies since 1962, when the embargo on trade with Fidel Castro's island was imposed. A smoker is now free to ask a Cuba-bound traveler: "Hey, going to Havana? Pick me up a couple of boxes of Montecristos." But lately many Americans returning to the U.S. from points outside Cuba laden with Havana's best have been rudely awakened by customs inspectors to the fact that their...

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