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).
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Interesting facts about cigarettes, countries - tobacco leaders.
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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.
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Cigars Size and Shape
The indigenous inhabitants of the islands of the Caribbean Sea and Mesoamerica
have smoked cigars since at least the 900s AD, as evidenced by the discovery of
a ceramic vessel at a Mayan archaeological site in Uaxactún, Guatemala,
decorated with the painted figure of a man smoking a primitive cigar. Genoese
explorer Christopher Columbus is generally credited with the introduction of
smoking to Europe, an action which is often termed the "discovery" of smoking,
despite his having borrowed the practice from the indigenous Americans.
Two of Columbus's crewmen during his 1492 journey, Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de
Torres, are said to have disembarked in Cuba and taken puffs of tobacco wrapped
in maize husks, thus becoming the first European cigar smokers.
In the 19th century, cigar smoking was common while cigarettes were still
comparatively rare. The cigar business was an important industry, and factories
employed many people before mechanized manufacturing of cigars became practical.
However, all modern cigars of high quality are still rolled by hand; some boxes
bear the phrase Hecho a Mano, "Made by Hand", as proof.
U.S. embargo on Cuba
The cigar became inextricably intertwined with political history on February 7,
1962, when United States President John F. Kennedy, intending to sanction Fidel
Castro's communist government, imposed a trade embargo on Cuba. Americans were
thus prohibited from purchasing what were at the time considered the finest
cigars on the market, and Cuba was deprived of a large portion of its customers.
According to Pierre Salinger, then Kennedy's press secretary, the president
ordered him on the evening of February 6 to obtain a thousand Petit H. Upmanns
Cuban cigars; upon Salinger's arrival with the cigars the following morning,
Kennedy signed the executive order which put the embargo into effect.
Cigars obtained prior to the embargo are not considered contraband, and became
known as "pre-embargo Cubans". As of 2006, it remains illegal for Americans to
purchase or import Cuban cigars. As is usual with embargoes, there exists a
lively smuggling trade, coupled with elevated prices and rampant counterfeiting.
Due to the increased use of home computers and the advent of the Internet, it
has become much easier for people in the US to purchase illegal cigars online
from neighboring countries such as Canada where there is no embargo against
Cuba. The full impact of computers and the Internet on the embargo is not known.
As with all illegal activity, there is a higher risk of being taken in a scam,
either by receiving counterfeit goods or nothing at all.
Revival of interest
During the mid- to late 1990s in the United States, numerous cultural phenomena
caused the popularity of cigar smoking to skyrocket. Lavish dinner events, or
"smokers", were held in virtually every metropolitan area of consequence across
the United States. Celebrities, radio and television talk-show hosts,
politicians, blue-collar workers, and even a large number of women were drawn to
the allure of the cigar. The sudden resurgence in cigar smoking created demand
that was difficult to supply. Additionally, the significance of America's Cuban
trade embargo – imposed some 30 years earlier, before many of the new
aficionados were born – suddenly became very evident. Cigar retailers, a good
number of them new establishments looking to capitalize on the craze, could name
their price on virtually every type and brand of cigar. Some even refused to
sell any one customer an entire box at a time, regardless of the fact that only
a very few could afford to, as a courtesy to their other customers.
In the rush to meet demand, the quality of many premium cigars suffered for
brief periods of time. Eventually, consumer demand so far outpaced supply that
many of those who took it up had to cease the practice altogether. For many,
this was mainly due to either lack of supply or overinflated prices. For others,
the newness of the fad had simply worn off. By 2005, cigar prices had descended
to reasonable levels, and supply of the best brands is abundant for those who
continue to enjoy cigar smoking, even in the face of public scrutiny and