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The company began in 1861 when David Swisher received a small cigar business in settlement of a debt. Back then, cigars were only a sideline for Swisher and his four sons, just one of many products that they hawked across the Midwest for the "rolling stores" or wagons. Today, Swisher International, Inc. is a leader in the tobacco business, accounting for one-third of the United States' cigar sales and is America's largest cigar exporter.
Swisher Sweets were introduced in 1958.
Although Swisher Sweets are a tobacco product, it is estimated that as many as 75% of all Swisher Sweets bought are not used as intended. Instead, many people buy them as "wraps", or a receptacle for marijuana. Emptying a swisher or other cigars and refilling them with one's own marijuana is known as rolling a blunt (marijuana cigar). The explosion of the marijuana industry in America over the last few years has more than likely contributed to Swisher Sweets being the top-sold cigar in America.
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