I actually smoked cigars when I was a teenager. I took up cigarettes when I was 21, largely to calm me down when debating. When I gave them up, I resumed cigars. A key difference is that you don't inhale cigar smoke. You take it into the mouth and blow it out, so it's not nearly as damaging to health.
A young friend from Trinity College, Cambridge, had tired of stocks and bonds after 2 years as a trader. He wanted to set up a cigar business, so I became his sole investor when he set up a luxury brand, Regius Cigars, in Nicaragua. By way of gratitude he made one to my specifications, a panatela of medium to mild taste with strong flavours of vanilla, plus a little coffee and chocolate. Eight samples were made for me to try, with ten of each, making me very popular that summer as I invited friends to comment on the different versions. I selected number three to be the one. It is basically a beginner's or lady's cigar because of its size and comparative mildness.
He called it a Lord Madsen, and the brand is sold worldwide, including in top rank hotel restaurants. It has won awards. I am not a peer of the realm, but I am a laird, Lord Madsen of Lochaber and Glencoe, on account of my vast estates of 10 square metres of the former and one square metre of the latter. It's a joke, but the cigar's name stuck.