An Odd Question About Virginias

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May 5, 2020
I've found that Virginia tobaccos, including those that aren't pure Virginias, but for which Virginias are a significant portion of the blend, sting my nostrils. It's not that I find their aroma unpleasant. It actually physically irritates me. I've never had this experience with Aromatics, Englishs, Burleys, Orientals, etc. Only Virginias. Am I the only one?

Morrison Jeremiah

Preferred Member
Jun 25, 2021
I smoke mostly Virginias and have experienced what you say at times, but it never lasts long with me. Just the odd smoke here and there.
I've not experienced it for months now. I put it down to myself not the tobacco.
Could be something I breathed in while I'm out and about.


Preferred Member
Dec 8, 2020
East Coast USA
Anytime you retro hale any type of smoke you will get t a stinging cessation. At least that has been my experience.
Never with Granger—I retro every puff. Mild as can be.

To the OP’s question, yes there are many blends that sting. If I can’t retro a blend, it’s not for me. — It’s not Virginia in my case. MacBarren Virginia #1 never bothered me.

Its blend by blend.

I have my favorites and they’re as mild as air, for me. We all differ.


Senior Member
May 7, 2012
For me, it depends on the blend. I prefer red Va's because they seem the sweetest and most smooth for me. I imagine a ton of it has to do with individual chemistry and physiology.


Preferred Member
Jun 15, 2013
I've never experienced any sort of stinging sensation in my schnoz from retrohaling Virginias, nor any other type of tobacco. I have gone through periods when a type of Virginia would really sting, and other periods when that would just go away. For the most part, no tobacco variety causes me discomfort.
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