Smoking is an age-old phenomenon and has been going on since our ancestors found out nicotine’s addictive properties by experimenting with tobacco plant, which is also known as Nicotiana tobacam scientifically. Since then tobacco has been a hit and its leaves were dried, rolled, and smoked as bidi or cigarettes. India still has a lot of bidi smokers. 5.7% of Indian adults are cigarette smokers. A Cigarette is the wise of choice for modern metropolitan India, even college girls and working ladies are also smoking. Despite knowing the downsides and being aware of the written warning on cigarette packs, smokers cannot quit it because Nicotine, present in tobacco produces a psychological dependency that is hard to combat.
People who are once addicted to usually smoke 2- five cigarettes/day. Most of the people admit that they try cigarettes out of curiosity.
Here we are listing top 10 best cigarette brands with price in India.
10. Gudang Garam
Gudang Garam International is a native Indonesian clove cigarette brand, launched on November 3, 1979 in Kediri, East Java. These types of cigarettes are made from the leaves of high quality tobacco and cloves; and the Gudang Garam International is the brand for mature smokers who appreciate the art of enjoying a few rolled cigarettes. A strong clove mix formula and use of best quality products for its manufacturing, Gudang Garam International is capable of provide a smoking experience that is unparalleled for lovers of clove cigarettes.
Price: A pack of 12 international Gudang garam cigarette costs around Rs.250.
Parliament is an excellent cigarette brand. Charlie Sheen had been featured in their ads in the 1990 s. Filtered cigarettes are relatively new market trend. Under the company Philip Morris, these were the first cigarettes to have paper filters that allow only the nicotine to reach the smokers mouth. They come in flavors including menthol flavored, and have different sizes – White Pack (Menthol Lights) Kings, Green Pack (Menthol Flavor), and Silver Pack (Menthol Ultra Lights) Kings. Parliament has excellent taste and light smell. Their unique filters provide low tar content and hence a safer option for people who are not into hardcore smoking.
8. Pall Mall
Pall Mall cigarettes are sold by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. One of the first in the segment of premium cigarettes, it had high standards in design and taste for both short and long cigarettes. Pall Mall cigarettes are specific in their tobacco packing and charcoal is placed inside the roll. A number of varieties like Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Black and White that denotes different strengths of the tobacco and menthol content of the cigarettes, are available. Pall Mall launched 100mm long cigarettes, which however did not last long in the market due to competition. Pall Mall is a good experience.
7. Navy cut
Wills Navy Cut (or simply Wills) was one of the first filtered Indian cigarettes to be launched. Its manufacturing, marketing and distribution are looked over by the ITC Limited. Navy Cut was launched as Wills Filter and it was India’s answer to filtered cigarettes. Wills Navy Cut be originally manufactured by W.D. & H.O. Wills in the United Kingdom. The length of the Navy cut cigarette is 84 mm, which includes the filter length. Cigarettes come in pack of 10s and 20 s. But Navy cut has a nasty rumor about causing Cancer, although no substantial proof is there.
Price: Around Rs 100
6. Benson and Hedges
Also known simply as B&H is a British brand of cigarettes owned by British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, or Japan Tobacco in different parts of the world. These Cigarettes are made from Virginia tobacco. Founded in London in 1873 by Richard Benson and William Hedges and known as Benson and Hedges Ltd. One can get Band H cigarettes in Gold /Silver forms, and as Red, Green, Blue, White and Black in several other countries. Japan Tobacco also manufactures Hamlet cigars.
Price: Around Rs.250 for a 20 stick pack
5. Four square
Godfrey Phillips India Ltd. is a company, which established itself in the domestic cigarette industry. Four Square cigarettes are produced under this brand. Four Square cigarettes are produced in India, Scotland, as either short 70 mm or king, 85 mm having either hard pack or wide flat hard box, 10 or 20 cigarettes in a pack. While Four Square, King and Four Square Special are smoked by the mature population, Gold is directed towards younger 25-35-year old. Godfrey Philips gets its tobacco imported. Hence, the quality differs from other brands. 1% of the Indian crowd prefers four squares.
Marlboro is a bestseller cigarette brand in the world. It is made by Philip Morris USA within the United States, and by Philip Morris International anywhere except the United States. Marlboro cigarettes are known for its ads featuring Marlboro man. Phillip Morris launched Marlboro cigarettes for women and later established itself as filtered cigarettes for both man and woman. Some varieties are: Marlboro Ice Blast and Marlboro Gold
Marlboro cigarettes are grouped into Flavor line, with original red/full flavor cigarettes, Gold line including former lights and Fresh line comprising of flavored cigarettes. Marlboro has recently launched Marlboro heat sticks. Marlboro has the widest range of flavored cigarettes. Marlboro offers them in five variants in India, which are Red, Advance, Menthol and Clove mix.13 percentage cigarette smoking Indian population prefer to light a Marlboro.
Price: Rs.13/piece (260 for 20).
3. Gold Flake light
Gold Flake light also belongs to the Gold Flake brand under ITC, the cigarette-smoking giant. This cigarette is used by the people to slowly wean off from cigarette smoking altogether. However, Gold Flake light can be addictive in its own way. The nicotine content is believed to be reduced to 0.8 mg by distilling out the tobacco juices
To some extent. The Gold Flake lights have a lesser nicotine content and strain lesser tar and even the flavor is less pronounced. This does not mean that they are less cancer causing. The urea content is almost the same.13.4percentage is the total amount of Gold flake light sold in the Indian cigarette market.
2. Gold Flake Kings
Gold Flake is an Indian cigarette brand, which was initially labeled as khandani and is the largest sold brand in India with variants for the customers of various levels of economy. The brand is under ITC Ltd. as well. Gold flake name comes from the Golden tobacco. Some other golden flakes are Bacons’ Gold Flake, Hignett’s Golden Flaked Honey Dew. Smoothness is the key term of the brand and it is displayed in the form of silk scarves, feathers, paintbrush etc. Gold flakes king sells around 17.9% of the total sold cigarettes in India.
Price: Rs 123 for 10 and Rs 246 for 20
1. Wills classic mild
Classic mild is trendy, easily available offering of the ITC, topmost leading brand in field of tobacco related products. Classic mild is marketed under brand Classic Filter kings. The cigarette length was increased from 83 to 84mm and diameter from 24.5mm to 24.75%. Classic mild uses imported cigarette paper, better board and has the name embossed on it. The brand tag is
‘Discover a passion. ‘Classic and Wills were separate entities which were fused to give classic wills. Blue leaf tobacco is used in its making.18.6 percentage of the total sale of cigarettes is by Classic Mild alone in India.
Filter: 84 mm
Price: Rs 123 for 10
Rs 246 for 20
We hope this article was helpful and informative. We listed top 10 India’s best cigarette brands. Finding the perfect cigarette is a trial and error, we can find the flavor and strength best suited to us by only trying different brands.
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