For those who don't know, I am an avid fan of rolling tobacco (RYO, roll-your-own). I typically smoke Jester tobacco, which is a smaller label, but is second to none in quality and is (in my oppinion) far better than the major premium brands.
Jester has no website, and little information can be found. I was able to find Lane Limited's website (the package reads "produced under the authority of lane limited). To my suprise, they also make the top-of-the-line Dunhill cigarettes and cigars, and pipe tobacco. They also make Bugler, Kite, Midnight Special, Roll Rich, Samson, and Gauloises. Bugler and Kite are the number 1 sellers in the US, and are absolute shit. Midnight Special, I hear, is similarly shit. Samson is a premium brand, only several cents cheaper than Jester, and I used to buy it occasionally, and finally chose Jester over the competition. Or so I thought.
So I felt a little duped upon reading this. Here is the preface to the kicker. I hate manufactured cigarettes. They are absolutely a fraud and are made with the absolute lowest standards of tobacco, with every major American brand using a large percent of reconstituted tobacco sheet (which is made of waste tobacco, plus chemicals). I cannot stress enough how poor the tobacco of American manufactured cigarettes is, with ZigZag being the only company that has started making and will be distributing cigarettes with true tobacco, which is the standard in many asian countries. Here is the actual kicker. Lane Limited was founded in 1890 in Germany, then expanded and moved to New York in 1938. They Moved to Georgia in 1983 and further expanded. In 1987 they were aquired by British American Tobacco. In 2004, British American was aquired by Reynolds America. That is the company that produces RJ Reynolds cigarettes, most notably: Camel, Kool, Winston, Salem, Doral, Natural American Spirit, Eclipse, Export A and Pall Mall. In addition to these, Barclay, Belair, Capri, Carlton, GPC, Lucky Strike, Misty, Monarch, More, Now, Tareyton, Vantage, and Viceroy. One in every three cigarettes sold in the US are made by RJ Reynolds.
Here I have been under the impression that I was propogating capitolism. In order to compete, smaller companies must make supirior products so that their customers will come to them, as they are unable to go to their customers. Turns out they are one in the same.