Old habits

There are the good habits, and bad ones! One of them is smoking. Another is Paulo Guedes, the Brazilian health minister who on behalf of Bolsonaro’s government takes the credit for such good vaccination statistics in Brazil. A few days ago, he spoke out while representing Brazil in Washington’s International Monetary Fund – IMF meeting.

The point here is there are those who have genuine good habits like telling the truth, and then great health service professionals who have bent over backwards to strategically provide a first-rate jab service countrywide.


Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases the risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.


It doesn’t create serious problems for everyone, but chances are regular tobacco and nicotine inhalation will have diverse effects. Secondary smoke also means toxic substances are inhaled, so risk could be just as bad for those who have to put up with other peoples, bad habits!


Nicotine oral inhalation is used to help people stop smoking. Nicotine oral inhalation should be used together with a smoking cessation program, which may include support groups, counseling, or specific behavioral change techniques. Nicotine inhalation is in a class of medications called smoking cessation aids.


Cigar smoking can also cause cancers of the mouth and throat, even if not inhaled. Cigar smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease. Tobacco use increases the risk of infertility, stillbirth, and low birth weight. Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.


Personally, I love a light, robust, Dona Flor cigar which is produced in Bahia, Brazil. The texture is perfect! In other words, it feels good and is touch perfect, it’s the right size to give a sense of power, and then the quality is as good as it gets, and additionally its consistency is spot on. To top it off its coarseness and smoothness adds to the pleasure of smoking one. They also offer a pyramid version which is also very good and cool.

The owner of Dona Flor was Alonso Menendez, none other than one of the family owners of the Montecruz cigar factory in Cuba (not Montecristo). When the factory was confiscated by Fidel Castro, he first traveled to the Canary Islands, looking for tobacco with the right flavor that he could work with and ended up finding an ideal terrain for tobacco production in the Bahian, Recôncavo baiano region, where the factory was founded.


Dona Flor has been producing good quality cigars for many years and, in 2009, they launched a cigar called Dona Flor Seleção Robusto, a cigar that was rated 92 by the famous American magazine Cigar Aficionado. Since then, this cigar has become a great sales champion in Brazil.


However good they are, smoke in moderation, as good habits can become bad habits for longevity.


Written by Carl Boniface


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