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Getting Sick and Dizzy

I started smoking cigars about two months ago. I had two full-bodied cigars yesterday, and I had to stop less than halfway through for fear of falling over or getting sick. Is there a way to overcome this?
Posted: April 8, 2013

Sugar is the cure.

When you get a buzz like that from a strong cigar (or two, or three…), sugar will make you feel much better. The best way is to take a packet or two of sugar, put it on the back of your tongue, and drink a glass of water. It helps quite a bit. Smoking on a full stomach can be helpful as well.

Also, think mild. Cigars with a mild strength profile appeal to many beginners. So what cigars are mild? Some brands that come to mind are Macanudo Café, Davidoff, Fonseca and The Griffin's. These are all high-quality cigars made with an easygoing blend.

It's easy to make general suggestions, but the only person who can truly judge your taste is you. Try a few different brands, and make note of what you like. If you enjoy the cigars with a mild flavor—cigars that are described as mild in the tasting notes in Cigar Aficionado magazine, for example—then that type of cigar is probably for you. If you don't enjoy that type of cigar, try something in the medium-bodied category.

For starters, you'd probably be wise to avoid anything described as full-flavored, powerful or strong. But enjoy the search—one of the best things about smoking cigars is the process of discovery.

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Comments   6 comment(s)

Taylor Franklin April 10, 2013 1:13am ET

You can't taste Nicotine; however, you can sure feel it. I've had a few Candelas which were very mild for flavour, but packed a serious uppercut of Nicotine (aka Nicotinic Acid/Niacin/Vitamin B3). The name was changed so people would not freak-out.

Thomas Dahlgren — Johnson City, TN, U,  —  April 11, 2013 9:06am ET

Although chemically somewhat similar (both possess a pyridine ring structure) physiologically/pharmacologically speaking nicotinic Acid/niacin/vitamin B3 and nicotine are not remotely similar substances.

Peter Loman — Calgary, Alberta, Canada,  —  April 13, 2013 9:47pm ET

gentlemen, can you be clearer in what you are referring to? Do stronger cigars have more nicotine? i thought not. But I'm not an expert.

Alan Garcia — Dover, DE, USA,  —  April 15, 2013 9:57am ET

Peter: To answer your question as best as I can, the short of it is YES, "stronger" cigars have more nicotine.

Stronger cigars are usually made with a blend that contains Ligero leaves, which are leaves in the highest part of the tobacco plant. These leaves have higher exposure to light and tend to be nutrient rich, compared to Viso or Seco leaves. As such, they will have a higher concentration of Nicotine than lower leaves.

However, "stronger" cigars, made with nutrient rich leaves, should not be confused with "full flavored". There are full flavored cigars which can be medium in strength as well.

Do a little research, even in this site. You'll learn a lot from what you'll find in here!

Happy smoking!


Taylor Franklin April 15, 2013 11:14am ET

A number of people who've tried to quit the cigarette/nicotine addiction, have found that Niacin/Vitamin B3 supplements have quelled most of the cravings and irritability.

It's recommended to take Niacin/Vitamin B3 just after eating. On an empty stomach a "Niacin rush" will occur and feels somewhat similar to a "Nicotine rush", nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, raised pulse rate and more.

Connor Nickel — Bisvillage, California, United States of America,  —  July 30, 2013 5:15pm ET

Just tried it, worked like a charm. Thanks for the tip!

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