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El Habano and the world it has shaped: Cuba, Connecticut, and Indonesia.
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PMID:  21506307     Owner:  HMD     Status:  In-Process    
In the half century since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, El Habano remains the premium cigar the world over; but both before and since 1959, the seed, agricultural and industrial know-how, and human capital have been transplanted to replicate that cigar in a process accentuated by upheavals and out-migration. The focus here is on a little-known facet of the interconnected island and offshore Havana cigar history, linking Cuba with Connecticut and Indonesia: from when tobacco was taken from the Americas to Indonesia and gave rise to the famed Sumatra cigar wrapper leaf; through the rise and demise of its sister shade wrapper in Connecticut, with Cuban and Sumatra seed, ultimately overshadowed by Indonesia; and the resulting challenges facing Cuba today. The article highlights the role of Dutch, U.S., British, and Swedish capital to explain why in 2009 the two major global cigar corporations, British Imperial Tobacco and Swedish Match, were lobbying Washington, respectively, for and against the embargo on Cuba. As the antismoking, antitobacco lobby gains ground internationally, the intriguing final question is whether the future lies with El Habano or smokeless Swedish snus.
Jean Stubbs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cuban studies     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0361-4441     ISO Abbreviation:  Cuban Stud     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100967298     Medline TA:  Cuban Stud     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-67     Citation Subset:  Q    
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