When I was just starting off, I would smoke my cigars way too fast. I think smoking too fast burns the cigar and makes it less enjoyable. Now I’ve learned that it’s important to take my time in between puffs. It’s also important not to take too hard of a puff on a cigar when you’re smoking it because you’ll get it too hot. Try to take soft, smooth draws on the cigar so the smoke feels “cool” and not “hot.” By taking your time with a cigar, you can taste the flavors on your palate better, and you won’t get burned out too quick. Also, when you feel like you’ve had enough of a cigar (either due to taste or feeling “smoked out”) just put it out. It’s not worth burning your lips, or feeling like crap afterwards. You know your limits better than anyone else, so always try to end your cigar on a good note. After all, smoking a cigar is about the environment, and the experience while you’re “enjoying the moment.” Don’t turn a good experience into a bad one. If you want to learn more about becoming an expert, read the Tobacconist Handbook.