Cigar Basics: A Guide for Newbies Cigars are a phenomenon that just won't go away. Steeped in tradition and culture, cigar smoking attracts newbies every day. But where to start, how to choose, cut and light a cigar. And just what is it that the cigar makers don't want you to know? Lots of information that will help you save hundreds of dollars on humidors, lighters and yes, even cigars.