Obama Lifts Restrictions on Cuban Cigars, Rum

NATIONWIDE -- Once upon a time, they were among the most exclusive - and illegal - guilty pleasures.  But now, America's doors are open to Cuban cigars.

It was back at the end of 2014 when President Obama first took the "ban" out of "Cuban," allowing up to $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum into the country at a time.  But now, even that limit is up in smoke.

As of today, Americans can bring all the cigars and rum they want back from Cuba, as long as it's for personal consumption.  Which means we won't be seeing Cubans in stores.

But the other good news for folks looking for that one-time forbidden fruit is that traveling to Cuba is easier than it's been for decades.  Airlines like JetBlue and American Airlines have been making commercial flights there since September, and Southwest will join the club in November.

So now, that formerly-illegal tobacco is just a quick flight away.