India’s Top Cigarette Brands Are Causing Lung Cancer Risk – Know How Smoking is Harmful For Everyone

Smoking is not yet made illegal. You might have noticed that the number of people getting addicted to smoking habit is increasing each year. So what exactly is a cigarette? A cigarette is a consumer product made from tobacco and very fine paper. Tobacco is the only plant known to have a drug called “Nicotine”.

Nicotine is considered to be one of the strongest poisons that can kill a human being in less than an hour if consumed or injected directly into the bloodstream. So, why do cigarette packets come with a warning that says “smoking is injurious to health”? Smoke from tobacco contains a small quantity of nicotine that is not deadly, but, apart from nicotine tobacco contains approximately 4000 other chemicals, some of which are harmful to the human body. It is said that these chemicals mix to form a tar-like substance that plays an important role giving cigarette smoke an odor and color. This sticky tar-like substance gets accumulated in our lungs while smoking.

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrites
  • Hydrazine
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • And Ammonia is few of the harmful chemicals present in tobacco.

Nicotine also has an addictive property like cocaine and heroin. Here is how smoking cigarette add nicotine to the user’s body, the nicotine works by attacking the brain, this is why most of the smoking addicts define smoking cigarette as something that helps them relax, feel energetic, and alert. However, after a while, the brain gets used to this habit and this result in addiction and if you try to quit smoking the nicotine level in brain falls, and they fall sick.

With the substances like nicotine and sticky-tar working together in our body, our body gets prone to many deadly diseases like lung, mouth, and throat cancer. Many experts have indicated that most of the heart diseases, bronchitis cases are a result of frequent smoking.

I have been mentioning the effects of smoking on your health. However, smoking is not something that affects only the host/users health; it also affects the people around you. If another person inhales the smoke from your cigarette (second-hand smoke), it has the same effect as you were smoking cigarette. Estimates indicate that hundreds of people die because they inhale second-hand smoke.


Recent studies indicate that most of the top Indian brand cigarettes have higher nicotine levels in their products and it affects the user’s health badly, often resulting in lung and throat cancer. This is one of the key reasons why cigarette brands spend a lot for advertising their products.Now you would have understood why I have mentioned all about the effects of smoking on health. However, always remember that cigarette smoking let it be frequent or not it will eventually kill you. Here are the top 10 best-selling cigarette brands in India with their nicotine and tar content.

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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.

Nicotine – 0.61 mg
Tar – 6.5mg

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.

Nicotine – 1.4 mg
Tar – 15mg

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.

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Nicotine – 0.8 mg
Tar – 10mg

4. Marlboro

Marlboro is a best seller 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

Nicotine – 1.2 mg
Tar – 15mg

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.

Nicotine – Unknown
Tar – Unknown

Customer reviews indicated the nicotine and tar content is comparatively higher than other brands

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.

Nicotine – 1.1mg
Tar – 12mg

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.

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Nicotine – Unknown
Tar – Unknown

8. Pall Mall

Pall Mall cigarettes are sold by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. One of the first in the segment of premium cigarettes, These 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.

Nicotine – 0.9 mg
Tar – 10mg

9. Parliament

Parliament is 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.

Nicotine – 0.7 mg
Tar – 9mg

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  tobacco and cloves. This brand cigarette has the highest Nicotine and tar content.

Nicotine – 2.3 mg
Tar – 49 mg

You would have noticed the nicotine and tar content in each brand, these levels are not accurate but, approximately equal to the original value. In India, today there is no perfect system that measures and controls nicotine and tar content in cigarettes. Therefore most of the Indian brands have high nicotine and tar content. Studies indicate that these levels are much larger than standard value allowed by other countries. So, why do they add so much? Higher the nicotine content, more addictive the product, more addictive the product more sales are the result.

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.