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Cigarette stunt hero Rajinikanth asks fans to quit smoking

Tamil cinema icon Rajinikanth, whose inimitable style of popping a cigarette into his mouth earned him many youth fans, has urged them to kick the habit. Addressing a gathering of his fans to mark his birthday, he said his illness had been caused by smoking, but admitted that he was unable to give it up. “I haven’t quit smoking, but you should do so,” he said, adding he recovered from his kidney ailment, involving extensive medical treatment, only by God’s grace and the prayers of his fans. Here’s a look at some of Rajinikanth’s iconic cigarette stunts in some of his movies.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Tobacco Articles

 

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What’s inside a cigarette?

Tobacco smoking is a practice which has changed little since American natives first stuffed the tobacco they cultivated in the hills of what is today modern Mexico into hollow reeds.

Cigarette components

Cigarette components

As the practice spread through the Americas, different cultures wrapped their tobacco in vegetable leaves or corn husks, or put it in pipes for smoking.

Spanish explorers enjoyed smoking and returned to the Old World with cigars (tobacco wrapped in tobacco leaves). In the beginning of the 16th century, beggars in Seville, Spain developed the first paper-rolled cigarettes when they collected discarded cigar butts, shredded them, and rolled them in scraps of paper. Although the Spanish elite first dismissed them as recycled garbage, these cigarillos, or little cigars, eventually gained popularity during the 18th century.

Cigarette smoking spread to Italy and Portugal, and eventually to the rest of Europe and into Asia.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Tobacco Facts

 

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