I recall lighting up a pack of Swisher Sweets in my basement one evening when my parents were out. My grandfather smoked cigars, and I always wanted to emulate him. It didn’t go so well; I got busted, and I got sick. I never really had the urge to smoke after that. In fact, the only time it enters my mind is when I see friends smoking cigars on the golf course. It doesn’t tempt me enough to sway me, but I do understand why it’s “a thing.”
Let’s explore the pros and cons of this age-old practice.
- The Cool Factor: Smoking cigars, especially on the golf course, exudes a certain charm.
- Natural Bug Repellent: Surprisingly, cigars can double as effective bug repellents, potentially outperforming chemical sprays.
- Relaxation: Sigmund Freud was a heavy cigar smoker, finding therapeutic value in it.
- Health Risks: Nicotine’s health implications are the most significant drawback, although occasional cigar indulgence is less intense than daily cigarette consumption.
- Costly Habit: Premium cigars come at a price, making it a luxurious indulgence.
- Inconvenience for Non-Smokers: Smoking cigars on the golf course might affect non-smoking companions, both in terms of the smell and health concerns.
Ultimately, it’s about enjoying life’s finer things in moderation and respecting fellow golfers. Smoking cigars on the golf course isn’t for everyone, but it enhances the golfing experience for many. The camaraderie, stories, and tradition add to the enjoyment. Whether you’re a cigar aficionado or a curious observer, remember the balance between enjoyment and consideration for others on the greens.