Freezing cigars can be either a preventative or curative measure for cigars infested by tobacco beetles.
Easton, PA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013
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There has been much information and misinformation on how and why to freeze cigars. As CigarAdvisor Executive Editor Lou Tenney explains, freezing cigars can be either a preventative or curative measure for cigars infested by tobacco beetles, scientific name Lasioderma serricorne. While it's true that tobacco beetle eggs are present in many cigars, he writes, they require a warm, moist environment to hatch.
Tenney writes that some suppliers, particularly those of Cuban cigars, are notorious for poor storage or transport conditions, which can trigger an infestation. For this reason, some cigars smokers choose to freeze all incoming cigars as a matter of course, thus killing the eggs before they have a chance to hatch.
He goes on to note that if you deal with a reputable supplier and maintain optimal temperature and humidity in your humidor, this is overkill, and places unnecessary stress on your cigars.
If, however, you discover pinholes in your cigars' wrappers and "tobacco dust" in the humidor, then you've probably got tobacco beetles, adding, "You just learned the hard way that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
He then details the correct method for safely freezing the affected cigars to mitigate the tobacco beetle problem.
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