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smoke 'em if you got 'em

che-guevara-smoking-a-cuban-cigarIf you’re entered or have considered one of the races to Cuba this winter, rejoice! In an effort to make it difficult to undo his administration’s US reconciliation with Cuba, President Obama is making big moves to help establish as many business relationships as possible with the island nation.  The first of those new moves was announced today, and it includes UNLIMITED PURCHASE OF CUBAN CIGARS!  That means you can offset some of your cost to race to Havana by loading your boat up with the finest Fidels…so long as they are for ‘your personal use.’  Now we don’t know about you, but personally, we could smoke a lot of cigars in a year…
Regular tobacco duties will apply, and here is a USA Today story outlining the other eased restrictions going into effect.