Tom Ufer

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Tom and I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, close to Historic Ybor City.

In addition to this blog, I write the Tampa Cigar Examiner column on In that column I report on local Tampa Bay related cigar news and I also publish cigar reviews.

Before my Examiner column, I had often used the online name “cigarsmokingman” on numerous forums and other online communities.

I chose the screen name “cigarsmokingman” as an homage to one of my favorite TV villains, the “Cigarette Smoking Man or CSM” from The X-Files.

My plan for this website is to consolidate my interests in cigars, coffee and cocktails. I’ll have full control over my content and the freedom to report on news and products that may not have a local ‘angle’ to them.

I hope you enjoy reading my content and please feel free to leave comments. I would appreciate your feedback.

– Tom Ufer aka @cigarsmokingman

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11 responses to “Tom Ufer

  1. I am so happy to see “The Cigar Smoking Man” back! It is always a pleasure to read your cocktail recipes and cigar perspectives. Congratulations on the new site!

    • Hi Teresa ! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. As much as I enjoy writing for Examiner, I really did need a site completely under my control again.

  2. Jeffrey Murphy


    My family and I are travelling to Tampa July 10 to July 17. I wanted to tour some operating factories and actually see cigars being made. Never been to Ybor City, etc.

    Any ideas on where to go, etc. to spend a day? I don’t really care about abandonded buildings where cigars used to be made…want to actually see them being made.

    I appreciate any input you may have. Thanks!

    Jeffrey Murphy
    St. Louis, MO

    • The only factory still making cigars is the J.C. Newman Company. They still produce machine made cigars in Ybor City. Otherwise, to see cigar rollers in action, there are a few mom and pop shops on 7th Ave in Ybor that roll cigars in the front window. El Sol cigars and La Herencia are two such shops.

  3. Tom,

    I ran across your site and i must say that i love it. I am getting back into enjoying cigars and a fine drink. Keep up the good work!

    Jeremy G
    Reno, NV

  4. Tom- a guy at a recent party gave me a La Herencia de Cuba(yellow label) probally a churchill or corona size. He got them at store in ybor city. They supposedly are distributed by Ramirez Cigars which has a website but isn’t functioning and no tel#.
    Can you help me out on how I could get some?
    Thanks Bob in pittsburgh

  5. Hello,
    your blog is interesting, I’m French and I also have a blog on the cigar!
    You can do a link exchange if you want ?

    My adress mail for your reply