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  • Writer's pictureBen Balliro

Salus populi suprema lex esto

Now the next sentence out of your mouth is “what the heck does that mean”? It translates to “The health (welfare, good, salvation, felicity) of the people should be the supreme law”. In this community of cigars that we enjoy oh so much, it is important to give back to our community. Without our customers we would not be where we are today as an industry. Several cigar manufactures and cigar makers have started foundations and charities to build schools, fix roads, and community service programs.

For example The Fuente Family Foundation is a supporter of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Dan Marino Foundation, and several other philanthropic organizations. Cigar Aficionado is an avid supporter of local and national charity foundations hosting annual events such as Els for Autism Pro-Am; a charity that Ernie Els started to raise money and awareness for autism. ProCigar is an organization headed by Henke Kelner (former tobacco blender for Davidoff Oettinger Group) that raises money every year to help impoverished children and the elderly. Last year at the ProCigar festival in the Dominican Republic they raised over $150,000 towards various charities.

One of the most infamous cigar charities is Cigars For Warriors. Founded in 2012 this organization serves as a conduit to provide premium cigars and accessories to American Service Men & Women serving all over the world. This type of valor and selflessness is just part of what makes this industry so unique. Some people tend to think that cigar smokers are just irresponsible boozehounds who whose sole purpose is to pollute the planet and give everybody cancer. As the evidence would show that is simply not the case. True aficionados understand the importance of community, comraderie, and fellowship. Cigars are designed to bring us as a people together, not tear us apart. Like the title says; the [welfare] of the people should be the supreme law.

"For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, They arrive at their conclusions largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; But sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done." Rudyard Kipling

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