A lot of people think of cigars as bigger, more expensive versions of cigarettes. Nothing farther from the truth. Cigars are a completely different habit. They are not smoked the way cigarettes are smoked, and they are certainly not smoked every time one has a 5 minute break.
In addition, cigars are more expensive than cigarettes, and much more fragile. They need to be stored and protected until they are smoked. By protection I do not only mean to keep them from falling or being crushed by other objects, but also to keep them in conditions that will allow them to keep their flavor and their body. In addition, if you are really into cigars then you want them to keep them in conditions where they can age properly.
The best way to keep your cigars in good smoking condition is by storing them in a cigar humidor. A cigar humidor is a container for cigars and pipe tobacco that is designed to keep a certain humidity level. Most cigar humidors are also designed to keep a specific temperature as well. Both of these elements are very important for cigars, as low humidity might cause them to dry and lose their properties, while the wrong temperature can damage them.
Because cigars can be quite expensive themselves, investing in a good cigar humidor is essential, specially if you keep a good dose of cigars in your house or if you want to age your cigars to perfection. In addition, cigar humidors come in different sizes and capacities. If you are a cigar beginner, then start with a small one. A small cigar humidor will hold around 30 cigars, which should be enough for a while. If you want to buy something that will last longer, you can get a cigar humidor that holds 50, 75, or 100 cigars. Of course, such cigar humidors are more expensive and are only recommended for those who have plan to keep a big collection of cigars, from several brands and sizes, AND who can afford them. For example at 10 dollars a cigar, a collection of 100 cigars will cost 1,000 dollars. On the other hand, such a great quantity will take a while to be smoked. Fortunately, cigars age with time, although this can take at least a year.
Finally, if you buy a cigar humidor, always get one with a hygrometer and a thermometer, to measure both humidity and temperature. Cigars are best kept in a cigar humidor at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 70%.