Another big no-no is smoking on an empty stomach. Even mild cigars can go to your head when you haven’t eaten. It happens especially fast when you’re smoking a strong cigar. Even tough guys who smoke potent and peppery Cain cigars for breakfast toss back a stack of flapjacks before they fire up. At the very least, snack on an energy bar. Your system can handle the buzz you get from a strong cigar ten times better with a meal on board.