American cigarette manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the FDA.
The largest US tobacco companies filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
read more ...05/04/15
Interesting facts about cigarettes, countries - tobacco leaders.
Every minute in the world are sold about 8-10 million cigarettes and daily 13-15 billion cigarettes.
read more ...04/01/15
Anti-smoking campaigns run to extremes.
It is strange to what can bring the foolishness of anti-smoking crusaders in their attempts to impose all the rules of a healthy lifestyle, even if they lead to a violation of all norms, artistic freedom and civil society.
read more ...03/03/15
Cigars Size and Shape
Cigars are composed of three types of a tobacco leaves, whose variations determine
smoking and flavor characteristics:
A cigar's outermost leaves, or wrapper, come from the widest part of the plant.
The wrapper determines much of the cigar's character and flavor, and as such its
color is often used to describe the cigar as a whole. Colors are designated as
follows, from lightest to darkest:
- Double Claro - very light, slightly greenish (also called Candela, American
Market Selection or jade); achieved by picking leaves before maturity and drying
quickly; often grown in Connecticut
- Claro - light tan or yellowish. Indicative of shade-grown tobacco.
- Natural - light brown to brown; generally sun-grown.
- Colorado Claro - mid-brown; particularly associated with tobacco grown in the
Dominican Republic or in Cuba
- Colorado - reddish-brown (also called Rosado)
- Colorado Maduro - dark brown; particularly associated with Honduras or
- Maduro - dark brown to very dark brown
- Oscuro - black, often oily in appearance; tend to be grown in Cuba,Nicaragua,
Brazil, Mexico, or Connecticut
Some manufacturers use an alternate designation:
- American Market Selection (AMS) - synonymous with Double Claro
- English Market Selection (EMS) - can refer to any color stronger than Double
Claro but milder than Maduro
- Spanish Market Selection (SMS) - either of the two darkest colors, Maduro and
Lighter colors indicate earlier picking and milder flavor; darker colors
indicate later picking, stronger and sweeter flavors due to the presence of
sugars and oils, and longer fermenting.
The majority of a cigar is made up of fillers, wrapped-up bunches of leaves in
its interior. Fillers of various strengths are usually blended to produce unique
cigar flavors. The more oils present in the tobacco leaf, the stronger (less
dry) the filler. Types range from the light-flavored (dry) Seco, through the
medium Volado, and on to the strong Ligero. Large-gauge cigars have a greater
capacity to contain filler, and thus have greater potential to provide a full
body and/or complex flavor.
Fillers can be either long or short; long filler uses whole leaves and is of a
better quality, while short filler, also called "mixed," uses chopped up leaves
as well as stems and other bits.
Binders are elastic leaves used to hold together the bunches of fillers