Friday, May 12, 2017
Tobacco Aficionados Check It Out
It began when I walked out of a bar to buy a few packs of cigarettes.
At the local grocery store, I ran into an old friend, who was hanging out, watching TV.
We drink beers together sometimes and, I had noticed him with Uruma cigarettes.
He had bummed one of my Mild Sevens, before I spotted his red pack of smokes.
It seems, he's trying to quit. The Urumas are helping him.
They are so strong he says, "After smoking one, you don't feel like having another for 3 hours."
Way back in the late 1800's the government of Japan took over the tobacco industry.
It became a monopoly for the purpose of taxing people so, the country could get rich.
Many years later, they figured out, private industries could make them, even richer.
The monopoly, got done away with but, the government still gets to hold one third of the stock.
When Okinawa, reverted back to Japanese control in 1972 the farmers weren't happy.
They had been raising their own tobacco and making these cigarettes, for Okinawa.
So, the big boys, up north, decided to give the tobacco farmers a break.
Before investing a total of ¥ 630 or, about six bucks on those smokes, I did some research.
That's how I learned, these are brands exclusive of Okinawa, Japan.
Taxes drift upwards sometimes but, not as high as they would on any other Japanese smokes.
The way to get some of these gems, is to come to the islands. You can't buy them online.
Just for fun, I read some reviews of Uruma cigarettes on a Japan website.
A customer said, "They are a little bit pungent and sweet." He recommends them for women.
When he, opened a pack, it smelled like some fancy liquor.
Another dude (in Osaka) met an Okinawan girl, who was smoking Uruma cigarettes.
He was a non-smoker but said, everyone around him was sucking smokes.
So, he decided to start sucking them, too. And, he liked to sweetness.
He's looking forward to, having that girl, smuggle him some from Okinawa on her next visit !
Do: Plan on me getting rid of these smokes tonight. I ain't smoking them.
Don't: Send any correspondence, asking me to get some for you, back in the USA.
Reason: Once, in the custody of Uruma police, I promised, to be law abiding forevermore.
Each cigarette, of both brands above contains:
Nicotine: 1.2 milligrams
Tar: 17 milligrams
Source: Learn Okinawa A-Z