CIGARETTES have changed a great deal in recent years though not all smokers may realise by just how much. Once it was commonplace to roll your own, using local tobaccos. Today the market is dominated by filters and international brands, many of them ranking among the world's best-known consumer products.

Much less obvious to the average smoker however is the changed provenance of the tobacco itself. For much of the past 100 years the benchmark for tobacco leaf was set by America. To say the leaf came from Virginia was to establish its ...

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