Here are some of the main differences between a cigar and a cigarette.

1. Wrapper

-Cigar: wrapped in leaf tobacco

-Cigarette: wrapped in paper

2. Time to Smoke

-Cigar: 30-60 minutes

-Cigarette: 5-10 minutes

3. Nicotine Content

-Cigar: 100-200mg

-Cigarette: 10mg

4. Cost

-Cigar: $2 – $28 per cigar

-Cigarette: about $7.50 per pack of 20

5. Inhale

-Cigar: No

-Cigarette: Yes

How to Smoke 

Before you smoke a cigar, you have to cut it. Get a cigar cutter and insert the head of the cigar into it, around 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch from the end. To hold the cigar, grip it at its band with your thumb, index, and middle finger, and put the cigar in your mouth. Hold the end of the cigar above the lighter flame. Puff the cigar and slowly rotate the cigar for 10 to 20 seconds until the outer rim begins to glow. Puff and rotate every 30 to 60 seconds.

Unlike a cigarette, the smoke of a cigar is not inhaled. You are supposed to savor the taste of the cigar smoke in your mouth and not take it into your lungs.

Differences in Perception

Cigarette smoking is more common than cigar smoking. Cigarette smoking is more frowned upon in society, with people focusing more on cigarettes’ health risks. Cigars are usually used for celebratory occasions—for the birth of a child, a wedding, a graduation, etc. Their rich history and tradition make cigars the perfect symbols of grandeur and luxury.

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