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Cuban Cigars Legally Brought To The U.S.

President Obama announced on Wednesday that he is easing restrictions against Cuba.

The U.S. embargo against Cuba has been in place since 1961, but traveling there and the ability to buy those famous Cuban cigars just got a lot easier.

U.S. travelers who are licensed to visit Cuba will be authorized to import $400 worth of goods back to America. No more than $100 can consist of tobacco and alcohol.

Matt Landford, the owner of Santa Barbara Cigar and Tobacco Shop, says this lift might create a small craze to purchase an authentic Cuban cigar. The largest consumer of Cuban tobacco is the U.S., although an estimated 80% of illegal Cuban cigars that are sold in American are counterfeit.

“Once things normalize and Cuban cigars are available, I think there will be a small craze to get them, and that’s exciting,” said Landford.

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