While cigars allegedly smuggled from Cuba are sold illicitly on the streets of Union City, Suarez said many are fakes. And even authentic Cuban tobacco is not of the quality he recalls before Fidel Castro nationalized the industry.
"It's not bad, but it's not good, either," he said. But mystique sells. Despite his distaste for Castro, if Cuban tobacco were to become legally available, Suarez said he'd sell it -- "because people are always asking for it."