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Puffed with pride: Cuba’s legendary hand-rolled cigars are ...

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Puffed with pride: Cuba’s legendary hand-rolled cigars are smoking

State cigar monopoly posts record sales in 2021 as global travel resumes and vaccinations accelerate

Dave Sherwood

Cuba’s state cigar monopoly Habanos logged record sales of its famous hand-rolled smokes in 2021, rebounding strongly after two years of pandemic-induced sluggishness.

Curbs on travel in 2020 due to the coronavirus dealt a serious blow to demand from countries reliant on tourism, as well as sales at duty-free shops in airports around the world, denting revenue.

But Habanos this week reported revenue jumped 15% over the previous year, as vaccination programmes began to take effect and some global travel resumed...

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