Cigary:General Grant was said to have smoked up to 12 cigars a day...Yikes! Freud was said to have smoked upwards to 20 per day and both of these gentlemen acquired cancer from this vice...I can see why at that rate. Since Grant was always pictured with a cigar people use to send him boxes of the choicest of cigars in that time and he received around 10,000 of them...so many that he started to give them away but he kept the best of the best to enjoy for himself.
While indulging their vice it was said that most men who smoked cigars during that time would inhale because the medical analysis of smoking cigars/cigarettes had not yet been documented as something to be afraid of and most men inhaled it as a matter of routine. I'd think because of this inhalation of that many per day probably caused their demise but Freud was like 82 or 83 when he died..so for smoking so many each day he probably beat all of the odds. Oh, it was the reason he coined the phrase of ...."Sometimes Gentlemen a cigar is just a cigar"....his colleagues would tease him about the cigars taking on a phallic symbolism as Sigmund was used to talking about the interplay of sex in peoples lives.
Amos Umwhat: then he'd "buy them by the barrel." I don't know what size barrel he meant. Could be quite a number.
pilgrimtex:1, I'm not that old.
2, Was just an E4 and not supposed to know those things.
webmost:You know what? When a guy admits to smoking 20 cigars a day (his family claimed it was more like forty) then how the heck could the room ever clear out enough so he and everyone in the house wasn't inhaling -- not to speak of the neighbors. Mark was a walking smoke stack. Of course he inhaled.
edit -- I see where cigary and I are both conning the same historical facts re Twain, Freud, and other historical cigar smokers. Got to wonder how many other gents of the time were equally smoky. This I can tell you: At its height, the FX Smith's Sons factories in McSherrystown PA cranked out 9 million sticks a year hand rolled -- and they were one of a couple dozen manufacturers in the same county.
Cigary:That's what I thought until I did more research...there were plenty of people who documented that these guys smoked a lot of cigar and in some instances some said they had actually smoked more. If I smoke more than 2 my tongue feels like sandpaper.