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  • Writer's pictureTim Long, Tobacco Talk Media

What Differs Cigars from Cigarettes?

Premium cigars are typically lumped in with other tobacco products like cigarettes, but there are several differences to keep in mind when people state that cigars are worst for you than cigarettes, despite the fact that cigars have no added chemicals or additives like cigarettes do.

Cigars and cigarettes are both tobacco products, but there are several differences between the two.

  1. Composition: Cigarettes are typically made from finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper, whereas cigars are made from whole tobacco leaves rolled together.

  2. Size and Shape: Cigars are generally larger and thicker than cigarettes, and they have a cylindrical shape. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are thinner and come in a variety of shapes, including cylindrical, conical, and even square.

  3. Smoking Method: Cigars are not designed to be inhaled like cigarettes. Instead, they are meant to be puffed on and the smoke is held in the mouth for a few moments before being exhaled. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are meant to be inhaled directly into the lungs.

  4. Nicotine Content: Cigars contain more tobacco than cigarettes, and therefore typically have a higher concentration of nicotine. However, because cigars are not meant to be inhaled, the overall nicotine intake from smoking a cigar is often less than smoking a cigarette.

  5. Health Risks: Both cigars and cigarettes are harmful to health, but cigars are typically associated with a higher risk of oral and throat cancers because the smoke is not filtered and contains higher levels of carcinogens.

  6. Price: Cigars are generally more expensive than cigarettes due to the higher quality of tobacco used and the craftsmanship involved in rolling them.



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