Cigars can be enjoyed in solitary, but there is no denying the rich and passionate community of aficionados that has existed for over 500 years. As we explore the community of cigar lovers, we will be delving into the past to explore the life of Sigmund Freud, a fellow cigar smoker.
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Who is Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who was born in 1856. He was the founding father of psychoanalysis, a method for the treatment of mental illnesses and a theory that explains human behaviour.
Freud’s goal with psychoanalysis was to make the unconscious of the mind conscious. He revolutionised the understanding and treatment of mental disorders and unearthed fundamental truths of human nature.
Sigmund Freud’s Love For Cigars
Sigmund Freud is fundamentally renowned for his incredible advancements in psychoanalysis, but he is also recognised as a cigar lover. It is rare to find a photograph of Freud without a cigar in hand; he wrote, analysed patients and strolled in the company of a lit cigar.
Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Harry, once declined a cigar from his uncle at the age of 17, which aroused a famous and thoughtful response from Freud: “My boy, smoking is one of the greatest and cheapest enjoyments in life, and if you decide in advance not to smoke, I can only feel sorry for you.”
In the footsteps of his father, Freud’s love for cigars blossomed at the age of 24. Freud’s father smoked until the age of 81, and as Freud himself grew older, he was quoted saying:
“[cigars have] served me for precisely fifty years as protection and a weapon in the combat of life… I owe to the cigar a great intensification of my capacity to work and facilitation of my self-control.”
In the eyes of Sigmund Freud, cigars were a catalyst for his work, a form of sustenance. He strongly believed in a connection between cigars, patrician authority and his success.
Sigmund Freuds Smoking Habits
Woven into Freud’s daily itinerary, he recorded his smoking habits, tobacco visits and cigar purchases. At the time, the Austrian government maintained a tight grip as they controlled the tobacco industry, limiting Freud’s cigar options.
Recordings show that Freud usually smoked a Trabucco cigar, which is a small, relatively mild cigar produced by the Austrian monopoly. Although these were considered the best available option, Freud would often complain that they were inferior, as he preferred Don Pedros, Reina Cubanas and Dutch Lilputanos.
Luckily, Freud was able to purchase these during his vacations in the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden. Outside of his holidays, he would often recruit his friends and colleagues to bring his favourite cigars across the border for him.
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