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Are these tubes test tubes?

Although there are longer and deeper examples in the world, our new tube passage, the Eurasia Tunnel, was finally opened and we had two tubes, one for the rail system and the other for wheeled vehicles. And again, unfortunately, although it is not an option that a certain segment can use every day due to the transit fees, it is obvious that it will add some comfort to the traffic of Istanbul in the first place. I say in the first place, because unfortunately, if the city grows at this speed and continues to get crowded, even two, 3-5 more tubes will not be the solution to the increased vehicle traffic.

Then, while we are in the ready tube, let's continue with the tube and clarify a question that especially new cigar aficionados are often curious about and which has a considerable proportion of the questions received via e-mail. What is the use of aluminum tubes (Tubos) that come with some of the cigars we buy, or even those that we buy originally in cigars?

First of all, where did these tubes come from? I tried to research it a little bit. The debut of the tubes was in the 1800s, that is, the most glorious years of the cigar. In those years, tubes were used as glass, not aluminum as it is now. The goal is simple, to be able to store the cigars as long as possible, close to suitable storage conditions. Over time, as can be predicted, due to the cost and the risk of glass breakage, the first aluminum tubes for Cuban cigars began to be used in Britain in the 1930s. The reason is also the same here, carrying, selling and storing cigars under suitable conditions for a long time without harming the cigar, and at a more affordable cost than glass. Aluminum also stands out as a suitable metal for this purpose, both because of its lightness and due to its low humidity.

So, are these aluminum tubes really suitable for storing cigars for a long time? The answer here is what you mean by "a long time". If a long time is a day or two, the answer is, why not. But if it's going to be longer than a day or two, my personal answer is: Sorry, no!

Because these tubes do not contain any humidifiers and their lids are not airtight covers. Yes, there is a thin layer of cedar inside and with the moisture it contains, it can keep the environment in the tube for a certain period of time in a way that is more suitable for cigars, but the cedar we are talking about is a very thin cedar. Therefore, it is not possible to provide this for a long time. The other real purpose of cedar, besides providing moisture for a short time, is that it does not pass the unpleasant smell of aluminum to the cigar by direct contact. I guess this is best understood by those who do not like to drink beer or coke like me.

But is there a need to store scuba cigars in the humidor? Or how should we store it in the humidor? Exactly because of what I mentioned above, yes, the place for the tube cigars, as well as the other open and cellophane cigars, that is, the inside of your humidor. If you don't want it touching your other open cigars, you can use a cedar brace to tidy the tubes aside. When the time comes, you can take it with you and carry it comfortably without a cigar case, without harming your cigar.

So what do we do with used tubes? That's up to you, throwing the easiest. But considering that few of us even throw away our cigar bands, we can definitely use the tubes for a different purpose. Your first use is if you don't have a cigar case, you can use it to carry another cigar next time. Another idea, if you are a creative person, you can use it in different artistic works or home decorations. For example, I saw on the internet that it was used as an ornament for the Christmas tree. Below, I am sharing pictures of a few different usage ways to serve as an example. Hopefully it benefits your business. If you have different areas of use, you can share it in the comments section below.

Enjoyable smoking ...

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