Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. OR?

Sigmund Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939), the founder of psychoanalysis may justifiably be called the most influential intellectual non-conformist of his age. His creation of psychoanalysis was at once a theory of the human psyche, a therapy for the relief of its ills, and an optic for the interpretation of culture and society.

The saying, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”, is attributed to Freud, a great friend of cigars who it is said, became annoyed in social circles where smoking was frowned upon or where other men weren’t smoking. As Freud’s stature grew and he became a celebrated professor, people noticed that his students and medical assistants took up cigar smoking as well. In addition he was addicted to cigarettes as well and chain smoker par definition.

You may ask yourself what is the meaning and the idea behind the quote “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”? The answer requires analysis – why do we enjoy a good cigar and what attributes give us so much satisfaction.

  1. All hand rolled cigars are works of art. Real craftsmanship is needed to produce a cigar – each step of the manufacturing process from fermentation and curing to stripping and rolling requires much knowledge and skill.
  2. Smoking a cigar gives a lot of pleasure. It´s a meditative hobby of relaxation and thought – a time for inner reflection.
  3. We often enjoy our cigar in good company with interesting and uplifting conversation.
  4. Cigars and especially the smoke from a cigar are an aesthetic experience. Cigar smoke surrounds us and we notice how it changes in shape and volume, all the while savouring the aroma.
  5. We love the rituals. First you choose a cigar, you sniff it, then make the perfect cut in order to get a beautiful draw before toasting your cigar’s foot and finally lighting it. After some draws you are ready for another smoking experience. There is much conscious pleasure (unconsciously motivated perhaps), involved in the art of cigar smoking. At its best it is a metaphysical experience beyond all the senses.

This brings us back to our question if the cigar is sometimes just a cigar. Well, in my opinion, no – a cigar is always so much more than just a cigar.

Smoke it BIG.

Lasse Öhman

Lasse is the founder of Happy Cigars