In Havana, a Cuban cigar is often considered a luxury.
But its reputation has been on the wane recently.
According to a report by the Cuban government, sales of Cuban cigars are on the rise, and they’re making a big comeback thanks to the global warming crisis.
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In the past five years, the number of cigar-manufacturing factories in Cuba has decreased by 50%.
But the country still produces more than 2,500 different brands of cigars, according to the Cuban Business Confederation.
The number of Cubans living in Cuba increased by 2.3% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year.
“The cigar industry has become more diversified, but it has been doing so because of the global economic crisis and the international pressure against the communist regime,” said Eduardo Rodriguez, an economist at Cuba’s National University of Statistics.
But it’s not just the government that is in a crisis, and that’s not helping the cigar industry either.
Cigar-making factories are being hit hard by the global downturn.
A recent survey of more than 500 companies found that just 17% of companies are producing enough cigars to meet demand.
That’s down from an average of 35% in recent years.
“We need to focus on increasing production capacity,” said Ricardo Mota, an analyst at Havana-based brokerage, IBISWorld.
Cuba has one of the world’s lowest birthrates.
Its population is aging rapidly and is expected to reach 80 million by 2030, the Cuban National Statistics Institute says.
“This is a problem that affects the economy.
This is a country that has the potential to be a great producer of cigars.
And so, it’s time to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Rodriquez.
But not all Cubans are embracing the new trend.
Some say it’s unhealthy, even dangerous.
A new study by the United States and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggests that the Cuban cigar industry could face more competition in the future.
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