Retail tobacco dealers sell tobacco products of all kinds, from cigars and cigarettes to chewing tobacco and snuff. They buy their products from wholesalers in bulk and sell them to the general public. Different brands are usually on sale at any given time. Products such as cigarettes, cigars, lighters, and paper are sold in small cases or cartons in stand-alone retail shops, outlets, or convenience stores.
Tobacco is processed from the leaves of Nicotiana plants, and is cured either by fire or air. The tobacco industry is still booming, although cigarette sales have been slowly declining over recent years.
Retail tobacco stores sell a wide range of products, such as humidors, which are humidity-controlled cases to store cigars. They may also sell pipes, lighters, chewing tobacco, organic and imported cigarettes, and hookahs. A hookah is a single or multi-stemmed waterpipe used for smoking tobacco. It's inhaled after it has been cooled and filtered through water.
Retail tobacco shops also usually sell kits with instructions on how to roll your own cigarettes with leaves. Types of cigarettes range from ultra and smooth to filtered and unfiltered. Many smoke shops provide a homey place to sit and smoke, while conversing with their friends. Often, these places provide a legal place for smoking, but they need to feature appropriate ventilation. Consumers often find out about smoke shops through friends, but listings can be found on the internet. Newspaper ads can also advertise local smoke shop events, such as fundraisers and private parties that people can attend.