If your friend is an avid cigar smoker ask them for some bands off the cigars they normally smoke and just swap them out for the cuban cigar bands. Be sure you know the ring size so you can get similar ring size Cubans and don't throw out the Cuban bands b/c your friend wants to let people see him smoking a Cuban. Although, as inv106 stated you can get ripped off buying Cubans in the ports as they often take Cuban bands and put them on other cigars. Also, they are pretty expensive and are usually old and dried out. Ask your friend if he has tried Dominican cigars as many Cubans moved to DR and took Cuban seed when they went.