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High quality tobacco available in Original, Organic, US Grown... and now Perique. The only difference seems to be how/where they are grown (not enough taste difference for me to tell). A fairly potent, full strength, tobacco with a flavor that is mild, clean and crisp... a bit like Two Timer. The lack of flavoring and other additives may explain the hint of harshness. Light colored, clean, medium cut/length shags that are easy to stuff. They also make a Pow-Wow Blend (tobacco, herbs and botanicals... for pipe only). ~$36LB.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by mindy on Wednesday, 26-Mar-2008

[Off topic, replies deleted. See also: tobacco chemicals]

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Re: American Spirit Premades
Posted by Matt on Saturday, 08-Sep-2007


To use up the $20 in gift certificates, I also got a pack of premades in addition to the can. They're a prime example of good tobacco and bad manufacturing.

According to their brochure...

"Natural American Spirit cigarettes contain more tobacco and are packed tighter than other cigarettes. Therefore they are sometimes harder to draw. To get a smoother draw, gently roll the cigarette between your thumb and forefinger to loosen the tobacco

Don't pack your Natural American Spirit cigarettes! Our cigarettes are already packed tighter with up to 25% more tobacco than other king size cigarettes."

These things are packed so tight that I have to loosen and remove the tobacco at the end to get even close to a good draw. I guess the philosophy behind cramming this much tobacco into a stick is to sell more smokes due to the claim of having more tobacco. Pall Mall uses this same gimmick. With all the rolling between thumb & forefinger I could just roll a cigarette in the time it takes to prepare one of these premades.

Oh well, you know the saying about gift horses.

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Re: American Spirit Premades
Posted by Johnny Jentle on Saturday, 22-Dec-2007

I got my $20 in gift certificates this week. Went to the tobacco shop to see what I could get for $20. A can of American Spirit tobacco is now $17.99! So that blew my $20 in one fell swoop. I had planned on getting a can of Natural American Spirit and a pouch of something else. But I had to settle for just the 5.29 Oz can.

The Natural American Spirit is a good premium tobacco. Similar to Bali Golden Shag. It has a medium shag cut, so the cut is not quite as fine as Bali Shag. It's dry, but not bone dry.

To get your gift certificates, go the American Spirit website [link], fill out the Age Verification info, press Submit, and then click on: "TO ASK FOR $20 IN GIFT CERTIFICATES" near the middle of the web page.

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Re: American Spirit Premades
Posted by Hua Kul on Sunday, 23-Dec-2007

<A can of American Spirit tobacco is now $17.99!>

They have the US Grown and Original for $9.99 at Smokers Outlet Online. I included three in my last order. Very good service.

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--Hua Kul

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Re: American Spirit Premades
Posted by Johnny Jentle on Monday, 24-Dec-2007

$9.99 for American Spirit and $8.99 for Bali and Jester are good prices.

My only concern with that site is shipping. They charge by weight. Some of the other online stores have flat rate shipping - this is good especially when you are getting 2 or more lbs of tobacco.

I do like Natural American Spirit. A little dry out of the can, but rehydrate it and it brings out the tobacco's pleasant sweet taste.

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Re: American Spirit Premades
Posted by Ebenezer on Monday, 24-Dec-2007

I agree on their service(Smokers Outlet). I live in Jersey, but travel into PA, where they are located, often. Have bought from them for a while now, they are good people. They actualy sell the American Spirit shelf price 10.99, so they sell it less to online customers. American Spirits(AS) are a higher price because they decided to battle Marlboro, Camel, Winston...if I bought AS locally it'd be 18.99 a can. 5 a pouch. I don't smoke AS exclusive, but they are the brand I keep around for when I need a kick. All the best.

Eb

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American Spirit Date Stamp
Posted by matt on Wednesday, 15-Aug-2007

I recently had a problem with local smoke shops selling AS tobacco that was severely out of date. I knew that the tobacco was supposed to be a bit harsher then others but when I stuffed a pack with a pouch that had the zip lock top it was a very very very harsh smoke.(I later found out they no longer use that kind of packaging) After contacting AS directly via there phone (P.S. If you want a free clay humidifier disk just call them they will gladly give you one) and learned how to tell the exact date as to when they are produced

on the sleeve of the pack or bottom of the can there are 4 digits. The first 3 are the day of production and the last is the year. so
1767= 176 day of the year 2007 (Roughly June of 2007, AS recommends you do not buy anything older then 3 months)

I found that the pouch I bought was from December of 2006! Yuck!

I do have to say the AS staff is VERY helpfull and friendly. They offered to send me a refund if I mailed the pouch out to them, but I declined as they were already sending me 20$ worth of gift certificates anyways.

So check your date stamp!
Hope this helps others out there

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Re: American Spirit Date Stamp
Posted by Jim on Monday, 27-Aug-2007

Thanks for the date code info. It's strange but my experience is opposite to yours. The tobacco in the newer pouches I've gotten has been drier, lighter colored, and a bit harsher than the old style (zippered) pouches.

I've been waiting for american spirit coupons for over two months. I guess I'll have to call and ask about them.

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Re: American Spirit Date Stamp
Posted by Dave L on Tuesday, 28-Aug-2007

The yuck factor is just that the tobacco is dry, nothing that adding a little moisture won't solve. The only reason they recommend not buying tobacco older than three months is that it might be on the dry side. I just finished off a years old AS pouch (stored in an old dollar store pouches/samples humidor) and it was the smoothest AS I've smoked.

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Re: American Spirit Date Stamp
Posted by Matt (not the one above) on Tuesday, 04-Sep-2007


Those $20 gift certificates are a much better way to give the consumer samples than their old system...waiting a couple months for a response to be told to write a check in your name for S&H for a free can or carton. The new system only requires you to fill an online form for the gift certificates and they arrive in about 2 weeks and are redeemable anywhere American Spirit is sold. Though if you want a carton you still have to pay for the remainder, it doesn't apply to us who are in it for the can! (I can even put the rest towards a pack of the Perique blend I've been wanting to try.)

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Re: American Spirit Date Stamp
Posted by KL on Tuesday, 25-Dec-2007

It sets in a warehouse for 3 years before it's canned anyways. It has to sweat out 6 times (2 times a year) in the storage building. That date doesn't really mean much. Just rehydrate it. it will be perfect.

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Re: American Spirit Date Stamp
Posted by Ben on Friday, 25-Nov-2011

Thank You!!

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Jim on Saturday, 28-Jul-2007

I've been smoking the American Spirit Organic lately and like it. I've noticed that it can be a little dry and could use a bit of re-hydration. There is one exception. I've purchased four pouches so far. Three of them were double layer plastic with a printed paper insert in the middle. The other (the third package I bought) was a printed plastic single layer package with a ziplock sealed pouch and double layer flap (storage for rolling papers?). This package had a proper moisture level, and was a bit darker than the tobacco in the other pouches. When I buy American Spirit I'm going to search for these new packages. The ziplock is a nice touch that helps maintain the moisture until the tobacco's gone.

I plan to send them a message suggesting an improvement on the ziplock. If you're not careful it can pull away from the side of the pouch. A wider edge for fastening would be more secure and allow the ziplock edges to be gripped when opening the package.

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American Spirit Perique
Posted by Dave L on Saturday, 17-Feb-2007

American Spirit Perique is now available in 1.31oz pouches at LB ($3.45) and RYOC ($3.75). Low ~$42LB (closest comparison is D&R 3.5oz Rimboche @ ~$36LB).

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Re: American Spirit Perique
Posted by Captain U-96 aka Mike on Sunday, 18-Feb-2007

D&R has 14 Oz. pouches of either S.J Rimboche or G.R. Rimboche for $21.95. The 3.5 Oz. Cups of either brand cost $7.95 each [$36LB].

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Re: American Spirit Perique
Posted by Smokin n Jokin on Monday, 19-Feb-2007

I just tried this stuff. I got it at a local smoke shop. $5.50 for a 1.4 oz pouch. I haven't tried any other perique tobaccos so I don't have anything to compare it to but my impression was that it was supposed to be dark, almost black. This stuff looks like some of the finest flu cured light golden virginia you've ever seen with three or four black strands in it. It says it was aged in oak whiskey barrels and that's exactly what the aroma is. Kind of cidery. A little harsh on the inhale and left me with kind of a sour vinigery aftertaste. I've tried it in a few different tubes and so far my impression is that it's a little less than remarkable. Maybe it has to grow on you, the tobacco shop says they can't keep it in stock.

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Re: American Spirit Perique
Posted by Dave L on Tuesday, 28-Aug-2007

I find all the AS blends to have a similar/distinctive taste, including the perique. The percentage of perique is pretty darn small but I do appreciate its subtle contribution. I'd buy it again if it came in cans and wasn't so expensive.

Perique by itself would be way too strong and bitter. While D&R's blends have noticably more perique than the AS, its still a rather small percentage. To my taste, the St. James (haven't tried the GR) has a hint of bitterness and I think that a higher percentage of perique would be a bad thing.

I agree that AS uses high quality tobacco. I was surprised to learn (assuming the '95 article - "Santa Fe Natural's customers prefer 100 percent Virginia tobacco" - still holds) that they use no Burley or Oriental tobacco. It was also interesting to learn that the organic blend got its start from a mere 7 acres of tobacco.

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Re: American Spirit Perique
Posted by Paul on Tuesday, 28-Aug-2007

Well I have not tried the AS Perique, I have been tempted to track some down. Thanks for the review. I have tried and regularly smoke both D&R's blends and really like each of them. I tried them in the tubs and in the bags. The bags lasted too long since the perique is a sometimes smoke for me. The bags lasted over a year and I had to rehydrate the St. James after a spell. There are times I would stuff an entire pack or smoke the perique for a week or more. I have read most folks like the St. James better than the GR. Some write that it seems, it does not make sense to blend the Kentucky with the Louisiana perique to produce the GR. And that the only true blend is the St. James. Well I liked the GR a little better and so did other smokers that I had try the taste difference. The GR had a deeper, mellower more bold flavor, while I thought the St James lighter and like Dave writes a little bitter or I thought had a bit of a bite. Smoked, the St. James almost tastes like it smells before ignition. I'm sure that each blend has it's fans, I like them both. Both are a superb blend that make great cigarettes for great occasions or in my "sometimes" case an everyday smoke. But that is only my humble opinion. That reminds me, I've got to order some more, in the tubs this time.

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Re: American Spirit Perique
Posted by Dave L on Wednesday, 29-Aug-2007

I neglected to say that I liked and would prefer the SJ over the AS (and would have tried the GR long ago if Lil' Brown stocked D&R). All the AS blends have a clean and crisp quality that I enjoy as a change of pace but not as an everyday smoke.

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Re: American Spirit Perique
Posted by G on Tuesday, 28-Aug-2007

Thankfully, that 95 article is out of date. I much prefer the American spirit to the D&R periques- I like the deeper, richer taste apparently associated with the burley.

According to NAS website, "U.S. grown tobacco has always had the reputation of being the world's very best. Natural American Spirit Royal Blue blend continue this tradition. This whole leaf, all-American blend combines the natural sweetness of bright Virginia leaf with the richness of Burley for a truly satisfying smoke."
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I think its in the NAS perique video that it states the base for the perique is the US grown blend.

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American Spirit nicotine content
Posted by none on Wednesday, 07-Feb-2007

Holy cow, i bought some american grown AS from a local tobacco shop and was blown away at how much nicotine one cigarette has. If you never experienced what a nicotine rush feels like then smoke a couple of these. They are a little on the harsh side though.

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Re: American Spirit nicotine content
Posted by Smokin n Jokin on Wednesday, 07-Feb-2007

Try stuffing them in a Charbon filter, Those are too tuff for me but I made up a package for a friend at work that smokes Marlboro red. He said they kicked him in the arse. Now he want's me to stuff them for him and his friends and pay me the six bucks a package that they pay for Malboro.

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Re: American Spirit nicotine content
Posted by andrew on Wednesday, 07-Feb-2007

Nice gig you have there. Marlboro's are still 4.40 where i live but thats too expensive for me. I'll probably move to something lighter because i enjoy 8 hours of sleep everynight and dont want the constant harshness, but AS is a quality smoke, especially when you need a fix.

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US Grown
Posted by Kizer Sosa on Monday, 05-Feb-2007

Just bought a can of the US Grown. Using Premier Light tubes, I find it to be a pleasant smoke. A bit of a nic kick, like some others have mentioned, but overall tasty. The medium shag cut is easy to work with and stuff as well.

Downside is that it's $15.99 for a 5.29 oz can ($48/pound).

Can anyone explain how AS justifies that kind of price? "US Grown" isn't a big deal.. lots of tobacco is grown here.

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Re: US Grown
Posted by none on Wednesday, 07-Feb-2007

The large amount of nicotine in each smoke makes it more pricy i guess. My 5.2 OZ can was $13 at a local tobacco store. I do like the buzz i get from the US grown but it keeps me wide awake at night. others maybe not so much.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Turtle on Sunday, 24-Dec-2006

I tried this and this makes a very good smoke. Just a little harsh (not much), but a nice taste. Not going to be my everyday smoke, but I will pick some up from time to time.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Warren on Sunday, 24-Dec-2006

> Just a little harsh (not much), but a nice taste.

It smokes milder if you place the stuffed sticks in a contanier with a moist piece of paper towel for 1/2 hour (if you add moisture to tobacco itself, it doesn't stuff well).

The slight harshness to those trying it for the first time may be due to the fact that NAS tobacco is the highest one in the free nicotine (see earlier post [link] ). I have been smoking NAS tobacco for over 10 years (premades first, SYO last couple years) and it wasn't harsh to me except for the first few weeks.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Wally on Friday, 13-Jan-2006

When I logged into the rollyourown.com tobacco store and attempted to purchase some tins of American Spirit Original, a message appeared that the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company no longer wants to sell tobacco on the internet. I went to two other sources ( American Thrust) no longer stocking it, and (Lil Brown) out of stock..What is up with that? anybody know ? Is Santa Fe Tobacco Company dropping out of the ryo/syo market or what.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Kev on Saturday, 14-Jan-2006

I don't know the details but searching on the company name, you'll see they been involved with some lawsuits concerning another company using their name and also the use of "safer" cigarettes on the premades. Their homepage has some statement about an offending site being taken offline (gives no details). Being a small company, also making premades...I'd guess they're tired of the legal hassles so they're shying away from internet sales. I don't think they're going out of business but you may be required to purchase from a brick-and-mortar store.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Hoss on Friday, 05-Aug-2005

I just tried to order american spirit from rollyourown.com and american thrust.com, both have removed AS from their shelves, does any body know whats up with that? I ordered it from lilbrown but was curious as to why the others stopped stocking it.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Butters on Saturday, 10-Dec-2005

Just picked up a small pouch of the original to try from my local tobacco shop.The tobacco has a pleasant aroma,but is quite harsh smoking.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Mary on Saturday, 14-Jan-2006

I smoke the US Grown, it is harsh if it is too dry.
And it is always dry, I have to rehydrate every can, but would not change brands now.
Mary

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American Spirit: over 10 times more free nicotine than Camel
Posted by Warren on Friday, 29-Jul-2005

I ran into some interesting info on Natural American Spirit cigarettes & tobacco which helps explain their quick rise in popularity: their smoke (normalized per puff) contains 36% nicotine in free form (the part that absorbs quickly into bloodstream) vs 2.7% for Camel, 6.3% for Winston, 7.5% for Gauloises Blondes, 9.6% for Marlboro (but only in the first few puffs, drops down to 2.7% in later puffs). I guess that makes NAS tobacco the most inexpensive (per mg of free nicotine) and most healthy (the least amount of tar and carbon monoxide per mg of free nicotine).

The links with data (warning -- antismokers sites):

http://whyfiles.org/183smoking/2.html
http://www.ohsu.edu/news/2003/071803smoke.html
http://www.everybody.co.nz/page-1bc70d6f-9a03-4bcf-aa49-9a5dcf819160.aspx
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=pankow+camel+nicotine&btnG=Google+Search

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free nicotine than Camel
Posted by Ralph on Saturday, 30-Jul-2005

Thanks. Good stuff that is. I like the "free base nicotine" skull art work. One thing I have noticed about stuffing is that those few first puffs in the morning are a real buzz. I cough less now days and I go eight or nine hours at work without stepping out for a ciggy. All in all, I feel much better about what I'm buying now as opposed to all the crap I have tried before. That would include lights, ultra-lights, Eclipses (gak!), nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, nicotine patch, acupuncture. I'm either gonna die a non-smoker (this would be caused by a government crack down on stuffing) or I'm going to stuff until I die. I've quit quitting and only the government will be able to stop me.

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free nicotine than Camel
Posted by Tim Aydt on Saturday, 30-Jul-2005

I'll grow my own before I quit. I'll go underground, I know enough people who can help me put together a hydroponics/grow light setup.

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free nicotine than Camel
Posted by Kev on Saturday, 30-Jul-2005

LOL - before too long the pot farmers will switch to growing "golden virginian" since it will be more profitable.

I have definitely noticed I smoke less cigs since moving over to SYO. I don't cough nor do I have a desire to smoke two in a row while on break. I know my SYO smokes are stronger but I can go hours without craving one unlike mass produced smokes. Makes one wonder what's in the premades. I don't pretend to believe smoking doesn't have potential health issues, but by no longer doing deep lung inhaling and smoking two packs a day it makes one think.   

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free ni
Posted by sun butler on Thursday, 06-Dec-2007

36% Free nicotine in American Spirits vs 9.6% in Marlboros? What a load of anti-smoking propaganda horse manure! I grew organic tobacco for Santa Fe, worked with their conventional and organic growers for 10 years and have personally observed their blending and cutting operations. The data quoted in these studies is just plain wrong and here's why...
Free nicotine in cigarettes arises from the reaction of minute amounts of ammonia with nicotine during the pyrolysis(burning) process to create a free-amine which is more rapidly absorbed into the smokers bloodstream. Ammonia in cigarettes comes from two sources.
1. The addition of small amounts of ammonia to reconstituted tobacco during processing. American Spirit contains no reconstituted tobacco unlike Marlboro which may contain 20% or more reconstituted(manufactured) tobacco.
2. Minute amounts of natural residual ammonia present only in air cured burley tobaccos. Marlboro contains nearly 30% air cured Burley tobacco. American Spirit products contain less than 10 % Burley.

Measuring anything, let alone free nicotine, in a cigarette's smoke-stream is a difficult analysis and prone to errors. Simple logic shows that this study was fatally flawed and all of its results should be thrown out. Anti-smoking groups routinely promote the findings of scientific studies pertaining to smoking before their findings have been properly published and peer reviewed. Unless American Spirit has started using reconstituted tobacco and tripled their Burley content(NOT!) Marlboros will, when accurate analytic techniques have been perfected, prove to contain far more free nicotine than American Spirits. In the meantime, you should assume that any scientific data presented in any anti-smoking publication has been mis-interpreted, mis-represented and is probably down-right wrong. Anti-smoking zealot cults like Tobacco-Free Kids have shown that they will go to any lengths to further their ultra-right wing behavior modification agendas and preserve their MSA funded jobs. Also be aware that the American Medical Society feeds indirectly at the same trough and has abandoned any sense of scientific neutrality in this debate. Anti-smoking articles in its Journal of the American Medical Society(JAMA) should be viewed as suspect and lacking in rigourous scientific review.
Ultimately, Big Tobacco was sued because they knowingly lied to Congress and to the American People. Perhaps it is time that anti-smokers got a taste of their own medicine. How about it American Bar Association?

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free ni
Posted by G on Thursday, 06-Dec-2007

Thanks for the interesting, informative post.

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free ni
Posted by David Brown on Friday, 07-Dec-2007

As a conservative, I do believe that your statement ultra-right wing should've been ultra left wing, I have never had a right-wing conservative tell me I couldn't smoke. I have on the other hand plenty of left wing liberals get in my face about my right to smoke versus the right to breathe.

I generally tell them if you don't like breathing my smoke, then hold your breath :-) and that really gets their panties in a wad.

One thing I learned on the subject of health and tobacco use, four years ago I had a double bypass operation and one of the grafts failed within a year. Then tried to put in stents and after three different attempts four months they decided that was too dangerous.

I was then told to basically be sedentary and put on a adrenaline blockers. Two years later I had a nuclear stress test done with full contrast and when my cardiologist came in with my test results he had shocked look on his face. It appears that my heart has grown collateral arteries from the top down to the bottom where the graft had failed. And in my heart was fully functional with no signs of heart disease.

He then asked if I was still smoking I told him yes and explained to him I was no longer smoking premade cigarettes but that I was doing ryo and he then told me that there was a little-known fact about the last major tobacco study that showed tobacco use stimulates vien and artery growth.

Now by no means am I saying that tobacco use is healthy, but on the other hand I figure I will keep doing what has worked for me so far :-)

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free ni
Posted by Wazmo Nariz on Friday, 07-Dec-2007

I've gotta ask at least one question...why do you say that measuring nicotine in a cigarette's smoke is "a difficult analysis and prone to errors?" Only asking because I know a few research professionals in a couple of fields who routinely detect and measure particles, gases, chemicals and such in many different forms, including smoke from various sources--in quantities quite small and variables quite wide. They have indicated that the detection and measurement of nicotine is no more difficult than many other substances.

While I might tend to agree that the results per person are variable due to such things as inhalation rate, moisture in the atmosphere and tobacco, etc., a broad represenative sample would certainly tend to be an accurate reflection.

Not that I'm defending the article about the American Spirit cigs, since I haven't had the time to research it for accuracy...but it would be helpful if you could provide citations for your statements so a more reasonable appraisal might be made. Thanks.

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Re: American Spirit: over 10 times more free ni
Posted by Captain U-96 aka Mike on Saturday, 08-Dec-2007

I agree with you about the entire issue, and I can't understand how they could come up with a figure that far out in Left Field; because it seems so exaggerated on it face compared to a Marlboro Red! Secondly, I don't trust anything the anti's come up with since they have been caught red handed skewing figures. These folks believe in the mantra that the end justify's the means--the fulfillment of their objectives; which is to control us all! As far as the AMA, and JAMA are concerned; I have lost confidence in them years ago because of their ties to big pharma. How can anyone expect an honest, fair, and unbiased opinion from them when they accept money from the vary people wanting their opinion. In effect, to me they are like hookers in lab coats!
   Finally, I believe what is good for the goose; is good for the gander! Anyone testifying before the Congress should be held to account for the truthfulness of their testimony! I also feel that any organization found to be purposely, knowingly, misleading Congress, or any government inquiry should be subject to the same disgorgement the tobacco companies are now paying. Also, I feel those so called leaders and operatives of these Non Profit societal vampires should be bared from ever being involved in any other Non-Profit Group! All that needs to be proved is "Malice Aforethought"! The American Bar Association won't do anything on its' own without massive public demand and backing; which isn't going to happen with our current generation I think. Capt Mike

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by MKlüg on Thursday, 27-Jan-2005

I tried the Organic with very high expectations and was extremely disappointed. A very broad cut, not much moisture and a decided harshness were not what I had hoped. Tough to inject and tough to enjoy. I'm an experienced smoker but a, relatively, amateur SYO'er. Still, I've tried quite a few brands and this one has nothing to offer me. Maybe it's better for the blenders out there; but I will not be buying it again.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by G on Monday, 10-Jan-2005

I smoked their packaged cigs for many years before starting MYO. I loved the perique in the black pack and liked the blue.

Now making my own, I like the blue (original) even more- tho like many have said, it must be kept moist. 72% or so humidity is best IMO. Then its sweet, smooth and slightly nutty tasting.

I find the Organic to be super strong with a pungent, slightly sour virginia flavor- I rarely smoke it solo. However, my favorite blend is to mix it with about 50-60% Ramback.

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by judy on Saturday, 26-Nov-2011

re: moisture
i keep my tobacco in a "tupperware" type of dish and add a fresh piece of bread every now and then; keeps it real moist.

apple slices work too.
so get a loaf of bread or apples when buying your tobacco.!

for real!!!

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Sponnie on Monday, 18-Oct-2004

Hi Gang

I just got my free samples of tobacco from the American Spirit (AS) web site. AS will send you 2 pouches of each for $6.00 shipping (2 original, 2 US grown, 2 Organic). With yor tobacco AS sends a survey to fill out. If you send it in with in 10 days they send you a free American Spirit Zippo! What a deal. Now to the tobacco. Each of the tobaccos had very good color and aroma. When injected in to a Vera Cruz tube they had a good flavor, However it smokes kind of hot. When blended with 25% D&R Ramback all the harshness goes away. The Ramback/American Spirit blend makes a flavorful mild tasting smoke. Overall a good tobacco to blend with.

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Re: American Spirit Samples
Posted by Dave L on Monday, 08-Nov-2004

After you fill out the online form, NAS will send you a paper form. With the form you must send 5 UPC's from any pack of cigarettes or tobacco, a photocopy of a US Federal or State ID and $6.00 for shipping and handling. You can choose to receive a carton of premades or 6 pouches of tobacco.

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Re: American Spirit Samples
Posted by Dave L on Tuesday, 28-Dec-2004

It took 4-5 weeks to get the samples and another 1-2 weeks for the lighter (/Tobacco/Brands/images/AS_lighter.jpg).

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Cheap American Spirit
Posted by Dave L on Thursday, 09-Sep-2004

I've hesitated to put AMD Cigars on the retailers page because of their limited MYO selection. Their cans of American Spirit are $1.50 less than @ Lil' Brown.
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Re: Cheap American Spirit
Posted by Dan on Friday, 10-Sep-2004

Also, this site has 7.99 tins of the better "USA Grown" American Spirit. Was 7.50 two weeks ago.
http://mycigarettes.com/rolling_tobacco.asp

[$8 24-Jun-2006]

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Re: American Spirit
Posted by Dan on Thursday, 09-Sep-2004

I have stuffed both the "Original" blend and the "Grown in USA" (dark blue can) blend. From their website "blend combines the natural sweetness of bright Virginia leaf with the richness of Burley for a truly satisfying smoke"

Both are medium cut and easy to stuff. Both blends tend to be on the dry side when opened and humidity must be maintained or added to maintain a proper moisture level. The "Grown in USA" is consistently moister than the "Original". If smoked dry they can both be VERY harsh with a hot burn. I prefer the USA blend as it has a richer flavor than the original. No reconstituted tobacco or other nasties but they both contain occasional stems. I find that the USA is an excellent base for making custom blends and I use it almost exclusively for this purpose. Overall the USA is a pretty good tobacco, where the original is probably sub-par considering price.

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Amercan Spirit US Grown
Posted by Puffaddict on Thursday, 15-Apr-2004

Just bought a can. Slighty dry when I opened it.
Mild tobacco but also a little harsh and dry toward the end of the cig. Not a lot of flavor (no additives though). An improvement over the light blue container American Spirit tobacco which I found to be harsh, hot and pretty much tasteless.
I'll probably use this mostly as a blend component.

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Re: Amercan Spirit US Grown
Posted by G on Saturday, 09-Jul-2005

US Grown Blend has been my main smoke of late (Ryback is my #2). Like all AS tobaccos, it needs to be kept humidified around 73% IMO.

The taste is kind of hard to describe. Its rich and deep yet at the same time clean. Its got a strong enough kick that you absorb nicotine without inhaling.

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