Americans smoked 3.5 billion cigars last year, more than any other nationality except the Chinese.
In 1994, there were over 125,000 new cigar smokers in the U.S., with the majority of these smokers being premium cigar smokers.
Presently, there are six million cigar smokers in the U.S., of which approximately one million are premium cigar smokers.
In 1993, premium cigar imports to the US were at 107 million. In 1994, these imports rose to 126 million, an increase of 18%.
As of May 1995, premium cigar imports increased 31.6% from the same period last year, a growth of 13,546,000 units, and "large cigar" imports increased 42.4% - a growth of 20,397,000 units.
Imports of foreign cigars have risen significantly this year in the United States, by 32% in volume and 45% in dollar value.
From 1993 to 1994, the largest growing segment of the premium cigar smokers was the 26-38 year-olds, according to industry sources.