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Luxury Smokes

An estimated 50 million people in the United States alone light up a cigar or cigarette every day. While the vast majority smoke standard-quality products — which certainly don't come cheap — some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.

Some companies create promotional products or gimmicks, like the famed $100,000 Lucky Strikes sold in 2007. The cigarettes came in eight carat white gold packages displaying a large diamond and a large ruby — certainly not a smoking habit most people could afford for long. True luxury brands, however, focus on creating quality, not creating a marketing stir.

Here, we take a look at those brands — some of the most expensive and luxurious tobacco products in the world.

By Elizabeth Rocklin with Constance Parten
Posted 28 February, 2011

Photo: Nat Sherman Fantasia cigarettes by Jonathan K. Li for CNBC.com