Fan of Cuban cigars? New rules will allow more into the U.S

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  • Thursday, 18 Dec 2014

Jailed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor Alan Gross, (C), poses for a picture during a visit with Cuban Jewish Community leader Adela Dworin, (R), and David Prinstein, Vice President, at Havana's Carlos J Finlay Military Hospital in this September 28, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Handout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuban cigar lovers, rejoice.

Under a loosening of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba announced on Wednesday, American visitors will be able to buy up to $100 worth of the island's most famous product, bring them home and smoke 'em.

"Authorized travellers to Cuba will be allowed to return with $400 of general goods and up to $100 of alcohol or tobacco products. That can include cigars," a senior administration official told reporters.

Don't try to sell them though. That part of the rules has not changed.

"That authorization is for personal consumption, it is not for retail or commercial purposes," the official said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, editing by G Crosse)

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