It’s been said that 200 pairs of hands touch a single cigar before it makes its way into your humidor. This artisanal process results in an exquisite product.
Although research is limited, some studies indicate that premium vape cigars can deliver blood nicotine boosts comparable to nonpremium large cigars. These characteristics may contribute to perceptions that cigar use is less hazardous than cigarette use (see Chapter 5). Nevertheless, a significant proportion of cigar smokers also smoke cigarettes.
Cigar smoking is a sophisticated and prestigious hobby. It’s a relaxing activity that helps the smoker to unwind and reflect. In addition, it’s also a social experience that can build stronger relationships. Choosing the right cigar for the occasion can enhance the enjoyment and help the cigar smoker develop his or her own style of smoking.
The toxicants generated by combusting tobacco products (including nicotine and carcinogens) are inhaled into the lungs and other organs, where they can cause harmful effects such as oxidant stress, systemic inflammation, impaired wound healing, changes in microbial populations, endothelial dysfunction, and DNA damage, leading to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory tract diseases, and cancers. The use of premium cigars can reduce these risks. It is important that HHS and other federal agencies monitor patterns of cigar usage, product characteristics, knowledge, perceptions, and use, including co-use with e-cigarettes and other non-combusted tobacco products. Ideally, these monitoring efforts should be targeted to high-risk communities.
It is said that over 200 pairs of hands touch each cigar before it gets to the smoker. This is the beauty of the artisanal cigar, a unique expression of the tobacco plant and the soil it was grown in. The result is a product that is rich in perceptible flavor and subtle aroma, yet free of dyes, ripening accelerants and other artificial chemicals.
There is moderately suggestive evidence that premium cigars are addictive because they deliver higher amounts of nicotine to the blood and provide pleasant stimuli, similar in nature to those of other tobacco products known to have high addiction potential (e.g., cigarettes).
While cigarette companies are prohibited from using certain marketing tactics such as sponsorship of music and sporting events, creating branded merchandise, and advertising in lifestyle magazines, cigar manufacturers take advantage of loopholes to promote their products in the same way. These strategies may contribute to the higher rates of cigar smoking among youths.
Fermentation is the process that changes tobacco from its raw, bitter state into a smokable and delicious product. It’s a long and complicated process that uses humidity, moisture, and pressure to release flavor-enhancing chemicals from tobacco leaves. It’s a critical step that isn’t skipped or rushed, and it’s responsible for many of the unique flavors found in premium cigars.
Cigar tobacco is mostly air-cured, fermented tobacco; cigarettes typically contain a blend of flue-cured, Burley, and Turkish/oriental tobacco (Delnevo and Hrywna, 2007). The tobacco in premium cigars is often aged for years. This aging contributes to a higher (alkaline) pH in cigar smoke than in cigarette smoke, which makes it less protonated and thus easier for nicotine to be absorbed through the oral mucosa and/or the lung. Consequently, cigar smokers experience a lower rate of nicotine intoxication compared to cigarette smokers.
A premium cigar must be crafted and assembled properly to ensure a pleasant experience for the smoker. An improperly made cigar will not draw or burn correctly, and can ruin the overall flavor of the cigar. Cigars that are rolled poorly or are not properly aged will be harsh, tasteless, and bitter.
Aside from the tobacco, other components of the cigar also influence its taste and aroma. The size, shape, and construction of the cigar directly affects its flavor profile. A cigar’s size and ring gauge is an important aspect of the smoking experience, while its color and texture are a reflection of its aging process.
Harry’s carries hand-rolled premium cigars as well as machine-made premium cigars. We offer a large selection of premium cigars from brands such as Davidoff, Gurkha, Arturo Fuente, and many more! All of our premium cigars are stored in a 100% Spanish Cedar walk in humidor that is constantly monitored throughout the day.