Cigar Of The Week: Aganorsa Leaf La Valadición Habano Toro

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Cigars – Facts, Stats and Regulations

Cigars: Facts, Stats and Regulations

The tobacco used in cigars is grown all over the world. Its strength, aroma and flavor can vary based on its country of origin and how it’s been aged.

Tobacco leaves are rolled into a cigar’s shape, filled with filler and wrapped around a wrapper. These processes are incredibly labor-intensive, requiring many pairs of hands and a lot of expertise to complete them.

Depending on their flavor and strength, smokers can choose from various sizes and shapes. Coronas are straight-shaped cigarettes with a rounded top that rests on the mouth; tres petit coronas are smaller versions, each about 4.5 inches long; and londales are similar to a corona but shorter.

The color of the tobacco is an important factor for cigar makers to consider, with darker wrappers delivering stronger, richer flavors that can stand up for longer periods between puffs. These dark-colored stogies can also have more nuanced flavor, due to the fact that they often burn slower than light-colored wrappers.

Aside from the tobacco used, cigars also contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance. It gets into the body through two routes: inhalation and absorption through the lining of the mouth.

According to 2021 NYTS data, Black youth currently use cigars at higher rates (3.1%) than white (1.4%) and Hispanic (0.9%) youth. While the FDA proposes to remove flavored cigars in 2022, many remain on the market, appealing to youth and remaining popular.

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