The next part is the lighting. The lighter you choose needs to be chemical free. The flame should be odorless and colorless, so that it does not affect the flavor of the cigar. You can use a cigar lighter as it is manufactured with the aforesaid point in mind. If not, a matchstick usually suffices. When lighting the cigar, make sure you rotate the cigar for the burn to spread evenly. You aid the process by taking slow, deliberate puffs to encourage the burn from starting with fruition.
The succeeding part is the smoking itself. Ideally, cigar smoking is more about the flavor and the taste, and not about having a pinch of nicotine. You should take slow puffs, and not rush through the cigar. Some cigars are smoked in an hour, and others take even longer. Ideally, you should take a slow puff, and let the smoke rest in your mouth for your buds to enjoy the flavor. You should not allow the smoke to go down to your lungs as this has repercussions. Then simply release the smoke to the outside slowly.
You should keep up the slow puffs, with the fastest speed being a puff a minute. You don’t have to smoke a cigar in isolation. As most people have found out, it is complemented well by an alcoholic drink, like bourbon. When you notice the cigar is leaving an aftertaste, it is time to let it go. These should be in the last two inches of the cigar. Don’t treat it like a cigarette and crush it against an ashtray. Simply let it burn out by itself.