Cuba Lifts Ban on Cubans, Briefly

The U.S. once considered doing Fidel Castro in with an exploding cigar. In 1986 Castro gave up his trademark cigar — deciding it was bad for his health. This month, Cuba banned smoking in public places but this week, cigar lovers were allowed to light up freely at the annual tobacco industry festival. They stubbed out their Cohibas in flower pots because there were no ashtrays, but the gathering, said one cigar seller, happily, was a "walking humidor."

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