Cigar and Castro: the inseparable relationship

atm-banksCommunist stalwart Fidel Castro, who breathed his last in Havana today, was a great smoker and his iconic figure very much reflects it. “I started smoking from school days i.e. when I was 15 years old itself and it was my father who introduced it to me. He loves wine and cigar and I followed it for at least 44 years” Castro said in an interview.
“On two occasions in my life-i.e. when the Revolution was at its peak and during the production went down because of peasants’ uprising, I did not smoke” he stated.
“But I quit only for some time. After the production recovered, and I started smoking again” he averred.
Later I did not smoke because of reasons of health, he said.
Mr Castro has also revealed that he had smoked hundreds and thousands of cigars with Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara who played a pivotal role in Cuban revolution. “Che used to really enjoy smoking. I think he appreciated it as much as he appreciated Argentine beef” Castro said in the interview.
According to Castro, cigarettes are more harmful than cigars. “Even if a cigarette has a filter or not, people inhale them. I have never in my life inhaled a cigarette or a cigar. I simply enjoyed a cigar after lunch. You have to improve your digestion. I enjoy a cigar because of its aroma, its taste and watching the smoke” he remarked.

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