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The laws regarding the importation of any Cuban products - including cigars - into the US are unambiguous and harsh. However, I do not think that they are enforced with any vigor.
These laws seem to be a testament to the political power of the Cuban emigree population in Florida, who (rightly) hate Fidel so much that they are (wrongly, I feel) willing to harm all Cubans economically.
Re cigars, the history is that, prior to the embargo in the 60s, it was Cuban tobacco that was in demand - not Cuban cigars (which were a small part of the market). The best hand-made cigars were built with Cuban tobacco fillers and Connecticut wrappers in Miami, Tampa, and New Jersey.
Editor: Juan Paxety corrects some of The B's assumptions, in the comments.
Sigh, here we go again. The embargo was not enacted to punish Cubans - it was enacted to protect Americans and American businesses. fidel stole millions from businesses after he came to power. He paid nothing for the property. The regime's conduct of the intervening 49-years shows continuous instances of taking things and not paying for them.
The U.S. is currently the largest supplier of food and medicine to Cuba. We make them pay up front. A lot of U.S. businesses and state agriculture commissioners want the embargo lifted so they can sell on credit. When Cuba defaults on the loans, who do you think will pay the bill?
Remember, was it last year, the Feds raided the snooty Racquet & Tennis Club as they had been tipped that some members might be storing the illicit product in the club humidor, and there was great wailing & gnashing - and paying of fine$.....
My late mother-in-law brought me a box she bought in Cuba as an 85-year-old on a "naughty weekend", with a note: "smuggled back from Havana by the oldest kept woman you know."