Picture this – you’re seated, savoring a fine cigar, lifting it to puff, and suddenly, a wave of light headedness and nausea hits. Your pleasant cigar experience turns sour, and you’re left with the disappointment of having to discard it. Experienced aficionados may be familiar with cigar sickness, an unpleasant encounter that can strike even the seasoned smokers. Inspector X himself has faced cigar-induced sickness, a baffling occurrence with cigars that were previously enjoyed without issue. So, how can you remedy cigar sickness?
Why does it happen?
Cigar sickness may be triggered if the cigar you’re smoking is too intense for your tolerance, leading to nausea and discomfort. Experimenting with a full-bodied cigar can be enticing, but it’s prudent to stick with stogies that align with your body’s capacity. Stronger tobacco often contains higher nicotine levels, and surpassing your usual intake threshold can result in feeling unwell and sweaty due to nicotine overload.
The construction of your cigar can also influence sickness. Pesticide traces on tobacco leaves, insufficient aging, or under fermentation can contribute to unpleasant symptoms. Inadequate processing can expose you to these sickly experiences.
And it’s also a combination. The cigar and your body. A specific cigar can be a tasty treat on days that you feel good, while on a bad day, that same cigar can make you feel sick. I speak from experience. I smoked boxes of My Father’s Flor de Las Antillas without problems, and then once I was driving on the highway while smoking this cigar after a long day and a rough night while all of a sudden lightheadedness and nausea hit and forced me to stop at the nearest gas station to get myself back together again. I smoked through boxes of the same cigar afterwards without any issue.
How to prevent it from happening
Newcomers may unintentionally inhale or swallow the smoke, a common mistake. Correctly, one should puff and release the smoke from the mouth. Cigars differ from cigarettes; they should be treated with a more deliberate approach.
Take your time while smoking. Puffing too rapidly accelerates the burn rate, turning the cigar bitter and delivering nicotine swiftly, resulting in sickness. Limit your puffs to once or twice per minute, allowing for a more enjoyable and relaxed experience.
Gradually progress to cigars that match your tolerance level. Beginners should start with light to medium strengths before advancing to more intense options once comfortable.
Pair your cigar with a sugary beverage or snack to elevate blood sugar levels and alleviate symptoms. Avoid smoking on an empty stomach, as combining strong cigars with an empty stomach can lead to disaster.
How to cure it
If cigar sickness strikes, a straightforward remedy is sugar. Grab a sugary soda like Coca Cola, Pepsi, or Sprite for a quick recovery. The sugar content is essential, so opt for regular sodas, as diet versions won’t be as effective.