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Major Types of Tobacco

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Tobacco type Cigarettes generally possess diverse sorts of tobacco leaf grown in different countries, mixed for aroma, taste and character to satisfy smokers’ preferences. As a rule three major types of tobacco are applied in cigarettes: Virginia, Burley and Oriental.

Virginia or also known as flue-cured tobacco is called after the US state where it was initially harvested. It is also termed ‘bright tobacco’ for its yellow to orange color that it gets during the curing process. It grows in particular very well in subtropical areas with mild rainfall, as for instance Georgia, Florida, Southern Brazil and Zimbabwe. Virginia blends possess solely flue-cured Virginia tobaccos.

Burley is a bit lighter green than Virginia. It needs heavier soils and considerably more fertilizer than Virginia. The most qualitative Burley tobacco is cultivated in US states as for instance Maryland and Kentucky, in Malawi, Uganda and also Indonesia. After the curing process, it becomes brown with practically no sugar content, offering it a nearly cigar-like taste. In conjunction with Virginia and Oriental tobacco, it makes up an American Blend for cigarettes. Ordinarily, air-cured tobacco is processed with sugars such as molasses, and the mixture may also possess extra flavors.

Oriental is the tiniest and robust of all tobacco types, cultivated in the quite hot summer of the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. These factors and a substantial planting density produce a savory flavor, boosted by sun-curing, as in a conventional Turkish cigarette. An Oriental blend may include around 100% sun cured tobaccos.
A number of factors can affect the smoking properties, such as the assortment of plant, how it is collected and impacts as soil and weather. Most of these can impact the tobacco’s taste and flavor.

Available grades of leaf in tobacco blends:

One tobacco plant can provide numerous grades of leaf. For instance, the leaves at the very top of the plant are more subjected to the sun than the ones at the bottom part.

Grades are typically identified by a leaf’s location on the plant, its width, aroma, graininess, color, the quality and maturity of the plant. The quality of the numerous grades is established by the leaf’s capacity to endure production, as well as its sensory qualities, which can show taste distinctions, from a tough experience to a softer, richer taste.
Leaf is acquired from farmers and directed for threshing, which sets apart the stem and lamina of the leaves. It is categorized by grade and every grade is kept to mature for a period from three months to about two years to allow taste variations in the final product.

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Available Cigar Shapes and Sizes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Smoking cigars is one of the popular enjoyments among men. The best way to categorize cigar is to differentiate it by size and shape. When speaking about the size, the length of a cigar is usually measured in inches, while its width is measured in ring gauge (a diameter of 64th of an inch).

As about the shape, at present are distinguished three shapes of a cigar:

  • Pajero
  • Figurado
  • Small cigar

Pajero – is the most spread shape of a cigar. It has a cylindrical body, with straight sides and an open end. The other end of the cigar has a round cap, which should be cut using a V-shaped cutter, before lighting up the cigar. Manufacturers distinguish two main varieties of the Pajero style – panatelas and coronas.

  • Panatelas – is a long and thin cigar. Some examples of panatelas cigars are: Carlota, Slim Panatela, Panatela and others.
  • Coronas – is a bit shorter and wide cigar than Panatelas. The most spread variants are: Robusto, Corona Gorda, Toro, Presidente, Dalia.

Figurado – is an unevenly shaped cigar, considered of the premium quality due to difficulty in their production. Despite that fact that these cigars lost their great popularity in the 1930’s, they realized to conquer smokers once again. A lot of producers have started producing the figurado. The most famous variants are:

  • Torpedo – has some similarities with parejo.
  • Perfecto – is thin at both ends and quite prominent in the middle.
  • Presidente – has a shape of parejo, but at the same time is though to be a figurado due to its huge size.
  • Culebras – three long cigars joined together.
  • Tuscanian – true Italian cigar, created for the first time in 19th century. It is a ling and slim cigar possessing a very saturated flavor.

Small Cigars – on the basis of the name, small cigars have a little size and are not similar to the regular ones. They have some similarities with cigarettes both in size and shape. Small cigars weigh less that ordinary cigars and cigarillos. The most popular brands of small cigars are Café Crème and Colts, which are available in diverse flavors and provide a very pleasant taste.

Britain’s Councils to Prevent Citizens from Smoking

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Britain Councils Dealing with smoking among teenagers, youngsters and adults is one of the most complicated responsibilities local government bodies deal with as they get ready to proceed with their public health obligations in April 2013. That’s the perspective of the Local Government Association, which not long ago organized an event in London in order to focus on the problem.

Why does a personal life-style decision as for instance a crucial challenge for local government? First of all there is a human cost as outlined by anti-smoking charity. After that there is economical cost to community of cigarette use.

The main question is whether councils have the strength to prevent their local citizens from smoking. The tactic implemented by tobacco control group Smoke Free Middlesbrough -has been extremely productive. Smoke Free Middlesbrough has established a quality standard for local schools which acknowledges those that offer the best tobacco education to teenagers and youngsters and can even show its effects. It also leads the ‘take seven steps out’ campaign, which is designed to motivate families to make their houses smoke free. Brenda Thompson, executive representative for public health and chair of Smoke Free Middlesbrough, claims that training people about the hazards of smoking is a crucial aspect of the project.

The project has been a quick success. Figures demonstrate that the region covered by Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust had a high number of smokers who stop this habit in 2010-11. According to estimates only in Middlesbrough, 1,248 per 100,000 smokers aged over 16 stopped smoking in comparison to an average of 1,225 for the north-east, and of 911 for the whole of England. Dealing with the problem of illegal smoking products is also important on the agenda of Smoke Free Middlesbrough. “Illicit tobacco sales represent an organized crime, who distributes these cigarettes to teenagers,” states Thompson, who underlines that illicit cigarettes are more dangerous to health than those sold legitimately.

At the same time, authorities declare that it is the pioneer local authority in England and Wales to approve an action supporting standardized packaging as members back the view that teenagers and youngsters are “more likely to be drawn by vivid tobacco packages than they would if cigarettes were sold in plain packaging”