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.
- The End of the Embargo Could Kill Miami's Cuban Cigar Industry
- As the Cuban Embargo Fizzles, the Battle for the Cigar Industry Smolders