In the Land of Tobacco

By: Ben Nichols

In the small town of ViƱales, against a backstop of cliffs, you will find acres of farmland. This is just one of the hundreds of tobacco farms scattered across Cuba. The process from seed to cigar is a long one, as the tobacco leaves need to dry for a couple of months. But here you see the process from start to finish. Although climate change is effecting the growing season, you will still find many farms such as this one passed down for generations, and these tobacco leaves passed through the worn hands of farmers. Cigars are more than a smoke in Cuba, they are a way of life.