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Cigar Dave

Cigar Dave (David Zeplowitz) is the creator and popular host of “Smoke This,”  the acclaimed nationally syndicated radio program devoted entirely to the cigar lifestyle. That’s right, a nationally syndicated radio show about cigars.

Dave himself is a Buffalo, New York native and 1986 graduate of Syracuse University. His first show was broadcast for one hour in July 1995 from St. Pete’s WSUN and became an instant hit with its listeners known as “Cigar Lieutenants.”  It quickly expanded to two hours and entered national syndication the following December delivering current news and information regarding cigars, spirits and other lifestyle diversions.

In 2006, Cigar Dave began hosting his show on television Saturday nights (on WFTS Ch. 28), focusing on cigars, fine wines, grilling, and music around the Tampa Bay area. More recently, the radio show originated from Tampa’s 970 WFLA. It was also broadcast on both XM and Sirius satellite radio, on the internet, and over more than 90 other local stations, usually on Saturday afternoons.

After 25 years, Cigar Dave ended his weekly syndicated radio show in June 2020 and transitioned into a daily on-demand podcast distribution.


(For more about David Zeplowitz, see his bio in Who's Who.)

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