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
Tobacco leaves are harvested, and aged using a process that combines use of heat
and shade to reduce sugar and water content without causing the large leaves to
rot. This first part of the process, called curing,takes between 25 and 45 days
and varies substantially based upon climatic conditions, as well as the
construction of sheds or barns used to store harvested tobacco. The curing
process is manipulated based upon the type of tobacco, and the desired color of
the leaf. The second part of the process, called fermentation, is carried out
under conditions designed to help the leaf die slowly and gracefully.
Temperature and humidity must be controlled to ensure that the leaf continues to
ferment, without rotting or disintegrating. This is where the flavor, burning,
and aroma characteristics are primarily brought out in the leaf.
Once the leaves have aged properly, they are sorted for use as filler or wrapper
based upon their appearance and overall quality. During this process, the leaves
are continually moistened and handled carefully to ensure each leaf is best used
according to its individual qualities. The leaf will continue to be baled,
inspected, unbaled, reinspected, and baled again repeatedly as it continues its
aging cycle. When the leaf has matured according to the manufacturer's
specifications, it will be used in the production of a cigar.
The creation of a quality cigar is still performed by hand. An experienced cigar
roller can produce hundreds of exceptional, nearly identical cigars per day. The
rollers keep the tobacco moist-- especially the wrapper, and use specially
designed crescent-shaped knives to form the filler and wrapper leaves quickly
and accurately. Once rolled, the cigars are stored in wooden forms as they dry,
in which their uncapped ends are cut to a uniform size. From this stage, the
cigar is a complete product that can, to the best of anyone's knowledge, be kept
indefinitely--under the proper conditions. (Indeed, Sotheby's recently auctioned
off cigars kept in the damp basement of an Irish castle for centuries.
Reportedly, they still smoked well.) Cigars are known to have lasted for decades
if kept as close to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and 70% relative humidity, as the
environment will allow. Once purchased, this is usually accomplished by keeping
the cigars in a specialized wooden box, or humidor, where conditions can be
carefully controlled for long periods of time. Even if a cigar becomes dry, it
can be successfully re-humidified so long as it has not been handled carelessly.
Some cigars, especially premium brands, use different varieties of tobacco for
the filler and the wrapper. "Long filler cigars" are a far higher quality of
cigar, using long leaves throughout. These cigars also use a third variety of
tobacco leaf, a "binder", between the filler and the outer wrapper. This permits
the makers to use more delicate and attractive leaves as a wrapper. These
high-quality cigars almost always blend varieties of tobacco. Even Cuban
long-filler cigars will combine tobaccos from different parts of the island to
incorporate several different flavors.
In low-grade cigars, chopped up tobacco leaves are used for the filler, and long
leaves or even a type of "paper" made from tobacco pulp is used for the wrapper
which binds the cigar together.
Historically, a lector or reader was always employed to entertain the
factory workers. This practice became obsolete once audio books for portable
players became available, but is still practiced in some Cuban factories. Legend
has it that it was because of one of these lectors' choice of reading material
that one of the best known brands earned its name. At the
H. Upmann factory in
Havana, the lector had the custom of reading the works of Alexandre Dumas. So
loved were Dumas' works by the workers, that they asked the factory owner to let
them produce a cigar as homage. The new
cigars were branded Montecristo, in
reference to The Count of Monte Cristo, and the boxes that carried them bore the
image of six swords, in reference to The Three Musketeers. The Montecristo brand
continues to be one of the most popular in the world to this day.
In fact, the Montecristo brand was created when Alonso Menendez purchased the
Particulares factory in July 1935, as Min Ron Nee documents in "An Illustrated
Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana
Cigars." In that book, he reproduces an
August 1935 issue of Habano magazine which announces the purchase of the factory
and the launch of new cigar brand, Montecristo. (The first Montecristo cigars
were made in the Particulares factory, not H. Upmann. The magazine does not
mention the romantic story of the workers demanding a homage to Dumas. The
logo--six swords surrounding a fleur de Lis--was designed by a British
importer John Hunter Morris and first appeared in print in August 1936. The
cigar was made, for a time, in the H. Upmann factory, after Menendez bought it