Internet

Cigar sites smoking hot on Net

There was always a suspicion that Internet surfers were smoking something. Now it has been proven conclusively.

There was always a suspicion that Internet surfers were smoking something. Now it has been proven conclusively.

A report released today found that the fastest-growing segment of the cigar-smoking population, 26- to 38-year-olds, also account for more than a third of the Internet population.

This sought-after demographic is flocking to the bevy of sites on the Web devoted to cigar smoking and merchandise.

The Metropolitan Cigar Society appeals to this growing yet defensive segment of the Internet, with meetings where members can "relax--knowing that during the entire evening no one will make a snide remark about their cigar."

Many of the sites are strikingly similar, with lists of celebrity puffers, anti-Cuban embargo sentiments, and orgiastic descriptions of smoking experiences.

The Cigar Club offers an @thecigarclub.com email address and build-your own-humidor instructions. It also offers a list of possible titles of cigar self-help books. I'm OK, You're a Cigar and Why Bad Things Happen to Good Cigars have already been submitted.

Some other sites include Tobacco Land, The Internet Smoke Shop, The Cigar Group, Holy Smoke, and Cigar Aficionado.