US boost for Cuban cigar festival

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Cuba’s annual cigar festival is getting under way in the capital Havana – with American visitors able to take cigars home legally for the first time in decades, the BBC reports. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

A thaw in US-Cuban relations means American smokers will be able to stock up on products worth up to $100 (£65).

Havana cigars have been banned in the US for more than 50 years under the terms of a trade embargo.

Hundreds of visitors are expected at the week-long festival.

Despite the recent rapprochement between Washington and Havana, most Americans are still not allowed to travel to the Caribbean island.

However some US citizens, including relatives of Cubans or academics, are allowed to visit and take advantage of the new rules.

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See our earlier post Cuban Cigars on the U.S. Market:

For more information, and access to a video report go to : US buyers flock to take Cuba festival cigars home [VIDEO]

http://m.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31596978

For the original report go to http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31598280

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