If you're new to the world of cigars, you may be intimidated by all the unspoken rules regarding how you should enjoy this hobby. One of the most controversial notions in the cigar-smoking world is that you should put out a cigar when you've smoked it halfway. This theory is both ridiculous and wasteful.
The truth is that when you should put out your cigar is ultimately up to you. Some cigars can be smoked to the very end. Others, meanwhile, begin to produce an undesirable flavor or draw once there's only a third left.
Typically, a high-quality cigar can be enjoyed for a longer period. This is because the tobacco has a richer, more complex flavor that will continue to satisfy after the cigar has been lit for a while. If you're still enjoying the taste of your cigar, there's no need to put it out prematurely.
Every Cigar is Different
The type of stogie that you smoke can determine when it's time to rub it out. For example, some cigars aren't as dense with tobacco. Therefore, the end part may not be as enjoyable as much of the tobacco has burnt away.
The length and width of your cigar come into play as well. Cigars that are short and wide, for example, may just be too difficult to hold in your hands after a while.
Other Factors to Consider
If you have facial hair, you may feel more nervous about smoking your cigar down to the end. After all, who feels comfortable having a lit cigar that close to their beard?
Another factor to consider is that many cigars "turn" after a certain point. This means that the combination of tar and moisture changes the flavor after the cigar has been smoked for a while. If the flavor is harsh or unpleasant, it's time to rub that cigar out.
Invest in a Cigar Clip or Holder
If you're the kind of person who likes to finish every cigar to the very end, there are some devices that you can buy. Roach clips and cigar holders allow you to enjoy the very end of a cigar without requiring that you hold the nub between your fingers.
As you can see, how much of a cigar you smoke is ultimately your choice.