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Republic Tobacco LP RJ Reynolds Co Complaint - Quality Control Tobacco TOP

Review by RoLF08 on 2008-02-07
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- Opened package of Top Tobacco when a small insect/bug that looked to be the same color as the tobacco was still ALIVE in the tobacco! I still have it if you would like me to send it to you. NOT a native bug to Arizona, and do not travel- so had to be from the product... That was very upsetting to get that as the prize in the package.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-08-11
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2008-02-07:
That was a tobacco beetle. Their eggs are in a lot of the tobacco sold out there - they are harmless and you don't ever see them alive unless the tobacco was exposed to the right amount of heat and humidity on its way from the grower to the consumer.

Here's all you ever wanted to know....

http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar/CA_Features/CA_Feature_Basic_Template/0,2344,231,00.html
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-07:
Won't somebody please think of the ecosystem, please! HELLO, does cane toad ring a bell with anyone.
Posted by old fart on 2008-02-07:
How do cane toads and tobacco beetles relate to each other Stew?
I doubt if global warming has anything to do with the proliferation of beetles in someone's cigar and if it does, why would anyone care...LOL
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-07:
If you are a user of Top Tobacco, a small bug should be the least of your worries. I can guarentee you that the bug won't be the one to kill you.
Posted by Ponie on 2008-02-07:
I learn something new every day! I didn't think anything could live in tobacco.
Posted by cneuens on 2010-08-11:
yes this probably more common then one would think,mainly due to the size of the bugs, bugs are everywhere what do you think a dust mite is?people in general probably consume more bugs then one would imagine,just because something(a bug) is not seen does not mean it is not there, its just too small for the naked eye to see,or is simply overlooked because of size color etc.There are many things one might call this company, which after I speak with a representative of the company I may or may not choose to express later today depending on the response.As far as the bug in your pouch of smoke at least it was fresh, and what I mean by that is take any cigarette and take a real close look at the paper you will see tiny almost discoloration stains usually dingy to yellowish in color spots, well some if not all of these are oils or fluids from a bug or bugs and or the waste they produce(in simple terms also known as bug poop)it does not really matter the brand of cigarettes, even though I am willing to bet it could be worse in less developed countries.
this is not done by the companies on purpose, but would probably be cost prohibative to remove them just like everything else we consume. just look into the what the FDA considers to be an acceptable percentage of rodent poop in the hot dogs sold consumed or the fact that the FDA recommends that cattle farmers refrain from feeding cattle chicken poop they do not say they can not do this, they recommend they do not,and bugs are the least of your worries if you consider all the chemicals added to this product by the companies to make it more addictive.the most recent I heard of was they add ammonia to the tobacco so your body will absorb more of the nicotine there fore making it more addictive to break the nicotine habit. Geez please pull your head out of the hole it is stuck in, heck the bugs are probably the more healthy by-product then the tobacco itself let alone all the chemicals added to get people addicted to cigarettes. here is a little play on words for you. (" I'm not just blowing smoke up your butt")

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