Many of us, including ourselves, who talk about tobacco – either behind our backs or as we inhale – use the term "stogie" interchangeably with the word "cigarette." But from a technical standpoint, this is incorrect; not to upset Merriam and Webster and throw them their book at us, we will correct ourselves. A stogie is really not just any cigarette ol; one carat is a Cheroot, a cylindrical cigarette that – during production – grips both ends, making the cigarette sound as if it were neutral.
The word Cheroot is derived from the French word cheroute, which comes from a Tamil word meaning "tobacco scroll". It is believed that the French absorbed this word in their language during the 16th century when they attempted to influence South Indian cultures with their own cultures.
As for the word stogie, the nickname for kerosene, it derives from the word Conestoga, which was the name of the area where it first became popular for these cigarettes. Some of the earliest smokers of these types of cigarettes were people driving Conestoga wagons through the Conestoga Valley of Pennsylvania.
A characteristic of carrots is their inability to shrink. This makes them relatively cheap to manufacture mechanically and cheap to buy, which, of course, makes them a popular choice for consumers. Mark Twain, one of the world's most famous cigar lovers, was photographed with a glove on hand on many occasions. He was believed to buy only carrots or cigarettes at a relatively cheap price; the expensive ones he smoked were said to be gifts.
While Cuba, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic are the most commonly discussed tobacco roots, carrots look for Asia. Traditionally smoked in both Burma and India, chariots are sometimes used as a Burmese reference in American and English literature. As their popularity grew in Burma and India, kerosene also became widespread among the British as the British center of the Supreme Kingdom reigned.
In the early to mid-1900s, people began associating hand-neck smoking with the ability to resist India's tropical diseases, especially malaria. In 1957, Verrier Elwin, who served as a missionary and teacher in India, wrote a memoir entitled, Leaving the Jungle: Life in a Gond Village. In it, he discussed the qualities of Cheroot's immunity by writing, "One final thing strikes me as I read the pages of the diary that follows is that I seem to have spent much of my time getting sick. I attribute this to the fact that in those days I was a non-smoker. Since I went to research, I have not had a single malaria attack and my health has improved tremendously in later years. "
Although Elvin attributed malaria avoidance to his consumption of kerosene, modern-day researchers believe it was not the real one but the smoke. The aroma that the smoke emits is something that mosquitoes likely find uncomfortable, avoiding smokers and making an archaic version of DEET.