Visitors in Havana welcome the decision by the United States to lift limits on the amount of Cuban rum and cigars U.S. travelers can bring home for personal use. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States on Friday (October 14) announced new measures to lift limits on the amount of Cuban rum and cigars U.S. travelers can bring home for personal use, the Treasury and Commerce Departments said in a statement. Tourists on the ground in Havana welcomed the news. "It´s novel, it's unique. We have rum and cigars in U.S, it's not like we need Cuban rum and cigars. It's a novelty, it's interesting, it's fun, it's an opportunity. Do I think lifting those restrictions people are going to run to Cuba to buy rum and cigars, no. Do I take home some cigars? Yes, ok. Maybe 50 cigars but not 500, 5000, you know. So I think it's just kind of a natural why not," said American tourist, John Chapo. The measures are contained in the latest Obama administration order on Cuba to sidestep the Republican-controlled Congress. The U.S. Congress has resisted Obama's call to lift Washington's more than five-decade-old economic embargo on Cuba.