End of Cuban Embargo Reignites Battle for the Cigar Industry

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José Orlando Padrón is one of the world's top cigar makers. At 88 years old, has endured bombings, revolutions, and civil wars. Here he smokes a stogy in his Flagler headquarters.
As most of America looks forward to the imminent fall of the embargo as an opportunity to visit the island or smoke a stogy, Miami's Cuban cigar makers fear what might happen next. To explore what cigars and the waning embargo mean for both Cuba and the United States, New Times dived into court records, interviewed experts, traveled to Nicaragua, and smoked enough stogies to slay a bear. In a two-part series, we tell the tales of Pepe Montagne, José Padrón, and others -- the backstory of a global industry on the brink of massive change. Photos by Michael E. Miller.

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