A cigar is a wrap of dried and fermented tobacco that is firmly rolledinto a cylindrical or irregular shape. Historically, cigars were the luxury of the riches, but the statement doesn't hold true any more. The number of cigar smokers has increased by leaps and bound and includes people from all walks of life. Cigars are mostly smoked on account of a happy occasion and have much more tobacco content than cigarettes. Browse through the article, to explore some more interesting and fun facts about cigar.
Interesting And Fun Facts About Cigar
- The English term 'cigar' has been derived from the Spanish 'cigarro', which in turn is adapted from the Mayan word for tobacco, 'siyar'.
- Cigar tobacco is grown in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, and United States.
- A large sized cigar has much more tobacco content than a whole pack of cigarettes.
- Cigars have much more concentration of tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine when compared to cigarette. Half an ounce of cigar produces seven times as much tar, eleven times as much carbon monoxide and four times more nicotine when compared to same amount of cigarettes.
- Cigar smoke enters the bloodstream directly through the tissue that lines the mouth, unlike cigarette smoke.
- The smoke of one cigar is equivalent to the smoke of three cigarettes.
- Superior quality cigars are hand-made. A skilled cigar-roller can assemble hundreds of high-quality, nearly identical, cigars per day.
- In the earlier times, a lector or reader was appointed to entertain the workers in the cigar factory. Though audio books and portable music players are employed today, the practice is still prevalent in some Cuban factories.
- Cigars are composed of three types of tobacco leaves, whose variations determine smoking and flavor characteristics, namely - wrappers, fillers and binders.
- Cigars are generally smoked to celebrate special occasions, like the birth of a child, graduation day or a big sale.
- The duration required to smoke a single cigar can be anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours, whereas a cigarette usually takes not more than 10 minutes to smoke.
- Categorization of cigars is on the basis of their size and shape, which together are known as the vitola.
- Figurados are the irregular-shaped cigars, considered to be superior in terms of quality, because of the difficultly experienced in making them.
- Parejo is the most common shape of a cigar. These cigars have a cylindrical body, with straight sides and an open end. The other end has a round tobacco-leaf 'cap' that needs to be cut off before smoking.
- Cigars that have darker wrappers tend to be sweet. On the other hand, those with light wrappers usually have a "drier" taste.
- Fillers of various strengths are usually blended to produce desired cigar flavors.
- Fatter cigars of larger gauge hold more filler, with greater potential to provide a full body and complex flavor.
- If a cigar is completely prepared from tobacco produced in only one country, it is referred to as 'puro', which in Spanish means 'pure', in the cigar industry.