Chinese authorities announced that there will be a ban on smoking in Beijing during the upcoming Olympics. The decision was met with much social unrest among Chinese population.
Smoking is so big part of Chinese culture that even half of Chinese male doctors smoke. Overall 320 million people smoke in China, making up 24.5% of the world's total smokers.
Let's imagine what would happen if upcoming Beijing Olympics were held in Chinese "cultural way" where smoking were encouraged or even required for participating athletes. Some examples are: photoshop advertisements promoting smoking during Beijing Olympics, athletes smoking during competitions, athletes puffing out smoke rings, etc.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Tobacco smoking (Or simply smoking) is the inhalation of smoke of burned dried tobacco leaves. The most important component of tobacco smoke is nicotine. Regular use of nicotine leads to addiction, which, according to the majority of experts, has a narcotic nature.
The USA and China are the largest manufacturers of cigarettes. The largest number of tobacco-dependent consumers lives in China, Yemen, Cambodia and Djibouti.
During the period 1970 to 1995, consumption of cigarettes per soul of population in the underdeveloped countries has increased by 67 percent while the same has decreased by 10 percent in the developed countries during the same period. Eighty percent of smokers now live in underdeveloped countries.
In the civilized countries of Western Europe and America, a dramatic tendency in restriction of smoking is observed. So, smoking is prohibited in public places, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Huge fines are imposed for violating the rules.
A general characteristic of classic cigarillos is the machine method of production, except for some items whose filler is always made from tobacco crumbs and both ends are foreseeingly cut off so one doesn't constantly have to carry a special device.
Unlike their larger relatives, the filler of cigarillos can be made from any number of types of tobacco, which allows varying the taste of these tobacco products. Thus, the filler of the Dutch cigarillos "Schimmelpenninck" consists of 20 different tobacco varieties from Brazil, Indonesia, and Cameroon.
The tradition of smoking tobacco by a pipe was brought to Europe by Spanish and Portuguese sailors, again from North America. Indian tobacco pipes were made of clay and, like the local cigar, originally had a ritual character.
The Dutch became the trendsetter of the "pipe mode" on the European continent as far back as at the end of the XVI century. They produced the best pipes and mixtures for pipe tobacco. Producing a good pipe always required a rather long time and was usually made to order by skilled craftsmen so that only a quite few could afford to have such a pipe. The material for pipes was so-called meerschaum, or magnesium silicate, a very light and porous natural mineral resembling sea foam; clay, porcelain, and even dried corn cobs treated with gypsum and polished were also used.
In subsequent decades the number of fans of pipe smoking steadily increased. Their mass production began in the first years of the XIX century. At that time they were made mainly from the root part of the briar stem (heath root). The mouthpiece was always considered one of the main parts of the complex pipe structure. It should have a well-designed size and smooth shape. Amber, as a rule, served as the material for the most exquisite and prestigious, often carved, mouthpieces. Ebonite, a dark kind of vulcanized Indian rubber, which was convenient for machining, began to be used later. A very hard synthetic acrylic material recently gained greatest popularity in the production of pipes.
Most pipe tobaccos contain from 10 to 30 all possible varieties and subspecies differing in country of growth, harvest year, location of leaves on plant, aromatic additives (sugar, syrup, liqueur, fruit essences, cacao, vanilla, etc.), as well as methods of treating them.
Pipe tobaccos can be divided into two categories: the first is British and Scottish brick tobaccos, such as Virginia, Turkish, and Greek, that ripen in pressed bricks and are freed from sugar; the second is tobaccos of the American type in which various flavor additives are used. The Danish and Dutch cavendishes, grown mainly in Maryland, after pressed in cakes for maturing are combined with loose tobacco leaves.
Smoking a pipe is a special process which can boldly be called an art. True connoisseurs have on hand not only several pipes but also a multitude of various devices and accessories, as well as have the use of many special procedures for preliminary treatment, subsequent cleaning, and creation of a certain coating on the inside surface of the pipe, which are completely necessary for this solemn ceremony. And hardly any nonsmokers can dispute that, when a good pipe tobacco, such as Amphora or Clan for example, is being smoked, they receive aesthetic satisfaction from this process.
Cigarettes (from the French for little cigar) became the most popular and generally available form of tobacco smoking; however, according to our present understanding it would be truer to say papirosas because in the beginning they weren't fitted with filters. But this type of tobacco product has been termed "cigarette" for a long time. Cigarettes, as well as pipes and cigars, were all "gifted" to the world by the North American Indians who were long familiar with this smoking method—for this purpose they wrapped shredded tobacco in maize and palm leaves.