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I didn't know this tidbit, until reading Smoke Magazine...

"What many people don’t know - and what would probably drive them nuts - is that Kennedy actually attempted to have cigars exempted from the embargo! Richard Goodwin, a White House assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, revealed in a 2000 New York Times article that in early 1962 JFK told him, 'We tried to exempt cigars, but the cigar manufacturers in Tampa objected. I guess we’re out of luck.' Indeed - as an entire generation of cigar enthusiasts eager to sample the island’s output remains out of luck today."
 
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