Unauthorized Cigar Production in Cuba

Producers of unauthorized cigars in Cuba purchase materials illegally in order to manufacture unlicensed Cuban Cigars.

Black market cigars are purchased for $8 for 25 cigars, with the boxes to hold the cigars sold for $5. Rings to insert onto the cigar are sold for the black market price of $30.

Most of the unlicensed cigars are sold to tourists on the island.

There were 81.5 million legitimate Cuban cigars made in 2010.

Source: Jack Kimball, “Cuba’s cigars: a black market tale of survival,” Reuters, December 15, 2011.