Lighting a cigar correctly ensures that one gets the best possible flavor from their stogie. This process requires a bit of practice, however, and it is inevitable that novice cigar smokers will get it wrong a few times. One can correct a bad light with a bit of work and, oftentimes, a bad light can be remedied without compromising the flavor of the cigar in any regard. The right lighter is oftentimes the key.
In some cases, the cigar will light properly but only partially. On these occasions, one need only even out the foot of the cigar to ensure that the ember is burning evenly. This can be done in two ways. One may hold their lighter to the unlit portion of tobacco until it combusts or one may blow on the tobacco until the foot of the cigar is burning at an even temperature over the entire surface area.
In other cases, it may be necessary to repeat the lighting process entirely. While stubbing out the cigar may feel for a second like accepting defeat, an improperly-burning cigar does not provide the right temperature smoke, the proper flavor or the long-lasting enjoyment that is provided by properly-lit cigar. Really, it constitutes a waste of a perfectly good, and possibly expensive, smoke.
Cigar lighters can make certain that one doesn't have to correct for a bad light but there will still be occasions where this occurs. If the light is particularly bad-for instance, if only a very small portion of the cigar's foot is actually burning-it may be easier to simply stub the cigar out and to start over entirely. Before relighting after stubbing out the stogie be sure to toast the tobacco again to ensure that it is warmed and ready for an even and proper light.
There are a number of lighter products on the market that are specifically designed to be used on cigars. There are more convenient products than standard lighters such as lighters with cigar cutters which enable smokers to go without carrying several different implements around with them. There are also lighters with multiple jets which ensure that the widest possible heating surfaces available when lighting larger cigars. Lighting the cigar correctly in the first place will ensure that the process does not have to be repeated.