Historically, the cigar represents a time of celebration or victory. The birth of a new child, weddings, business mergers, and most commonly, a victory cigar for a sporting achievement; cigars and winning seem to go hand in hand for as long as anyone can remember.
The tradition is first linked back to the Native Americans. They have had a long tradition of smoking tobacco wrapped in husks of corn or palm (which eventually turned into the peace pipe). This was a common part of many various ceremonies, to celebrate a joyous occasion of life or win on the battle field.
Tobacco subsequently became popular in Europe and the United States, where people started rolling it into cigars. Cigars exploded with popularity and quickly changed from being affordable, to a must-have luxury item. The cigar has quickly become a symbol of winning, and patriotism for Americans. Politicians, celebrities, military members and athletes have all smoked cigars to celebrate various special occasions.
Cigars can taste much better after a crowning achievement or hard fought victory. Michael Jordan after winning his 4th NBA Title, or even in the hit show Seinfeld, when Elaine is promoted to run the J. Peterman Catalog… both scenarios where a celebratory stogie was waiting nearby, and then enjoyed after remarkable achievements.
In films like Independence Day, Will Smith carried cigars as his good luck charm and when he walked away as a hero, he had a stogie in his mouth as a mark of victory. In some traditions, a cigar is purchased for luck and only smoked when the goal is achieved in order to celebrate the success. In this tradition, the cigar not only serves as a means of celebration, but also a reward that may encourage someone to work towards a goal. It was in this form that the Greenside Cigar Company was born…