A cigar with a semi-airtight storage tube and a double guillotine-style cutter
A woman smoking a cigarette, the most common method of tobacco smoking
Harry Nelson Pillsbury smoking a cigar
Aztec women are handed flowers and smoking tubes before eating at a banquet, Florentine Codex, 16th century.
Indigenous tobacco pipe on display at the regional museum in San Andrés Tuxtla
Gentlemen Smoking and Playing Backgammon in an Interior by Dirck Hals, 1627
Inside an Ybor City cigar factory c. 1920
Bonsack's cigarette rolling machine, as shown on U.S. patent 238,640
Hand rolling cigars and relevant artifacts, Ybor City Museum State Park display, Tampa, Florida
A lengthy study conducted in order to establish the strong association necessary for legislative action (US cigarette consumption per person blue, male lung cancer rate brown)
An aged tobacco leaf being examined
Tendu Patta (Leaf) collection for Beedi industries
Cigar makers in Puerto Rico, c. 1942
A graph that shows the efficiency of smoking as a way to absorb nicotine compared to other forms of intake.
Vendor rolling cigars at the Eyipantla Falls in San Andrés Tuxtla, Mexico
Sigmund Freud, whose doctor assisted his suicide because of oral cancer caused by smoking
Cigars (top to bottom) by H. Upmann, Montecristo, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta
Common adverse effects of tobacco smoking. The more common effects are in bold face.
A Tuscan cigar
Skull with a burning cigarette, by Vincent van Gogh.
Cigar cases from the Te Amo and Sihuapan manufacturers in Mexico
An enclosed smoking area in a Japanese train station. Notice the air vent on the roof.
Arturo Fuente cigar boxes at 2005 Tampa Cigar Heritage Festival. The Montesino cigars are also produced by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia.
Darker wrappers reflect tobacco type, age, and greater fermentation
Long-leaf filler as used in a hand-rolled cigar (slightly crumbled during cutting)
Short or chopped filler
World's largest cigar at the Tobacco and Matchstick Museum in Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden
The parejo is the easiest and least expensive common cigar shape to produce
Cohiba Mini and Dannemann Moods cigarillos
A double guillotine-style cutter, used for cutting the tip of a cigar, next a hand-rolled H. Upmann Coronas Major cigar. The "Made in Cuba" label (see Cuban cigar) is visible on the lower tube
Illustration with photographs of tobacco leaves infested by Lasioderma serricorne (tobacco beetles), from Runner, G. A., The tobacco beetle (1919), Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Biodiversity Heritage Library
A cigar case made of crocodile skin with sterling silver appointments bearing a Birmingham hallmark for 1904
A cigar holder stood on end
Display of various cigar cases with prices in a cigar store in Amsterdam, Netherlands

A cigar is a rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaves made to be smoked.

- Cigar

The smoke may be inhaled, as is done with cigarettes, or simply released from the mouth, as is generally done with pipes and cigars.

- Tobacco smoking
A cigar with a semi-airtight storage tube and a double guillotine-style cutter

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Tobacco flakes, sliced from pressed plugs

Tobacco

Common name of several plants in the genus Nicotiana of the family Solanaceae, and the general term for any product prepared from the cured leaves of these plants.

Common name of several plants in the genus Nicotiana of the family Solanaceae, and the general term for any product prepared from the cured leaves of these plants.

Tobacco flakes, sliced from pressed plugs
Tobacco drying kiln in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, 2018. This kiln was built in 1957, and moved to Rotary Park in 2000. Kilns of this structure were made from the early 1930s through to the late 1960s.
Basma tobacco leaves drying in the sun at Pomak village in Xanthi, Greece
William Michael Harnett (American, 1848–1892), Still Life with Three Castles Tobacco, 1880, Brooklyn Museum.
The earliest depiction of a European man smoking, from Tobacco by Anthony Chute, 1595.
An Indian man smoking tobacco on hookah, Rajasthan, India.
An illustration from Frederick William Fairholt's Tobacco, its History and Association, 1859
Tobacco plant and tobacco leaf from the Deli plantations in Sumatra, 1905
Nicotine is the compound responsible for the addictive nature of tobacco use.
Tobacco (Nicotiana rustica) flower, leaves, and buds
Illustration with photographs of tobacco leaves infested by Lasioderma serricorne (tobacco beetles), from Runner, G. A., The tobacco beetle (1919), Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Biodiversity Heritage Library
Tobacco plants growing in a field in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
Tobacco barn in Simsbury, Connecticut used for air curing of shade tobacco
Sun-cured tobacco, Bastam, Iran
Tobacco production, 2018
Tobacco production in Portuguese Timor in the 1930s
Tobacco plantation, Pinar del Río, Cuba
Tobacco harvesting, Viñales Valley, Cuba

Dried tobacco leaves are mainly used for smoking in cigarettes and cigars, as well as pipes and shishas.

A filtered cigarette

Cigarette

Narrow cylinder containing burnable material, typically tobacco, that is rolled into thin paper for smoking.

Narrow cylinder containing burnable material, typically tobacco, that is rolled into thin paper for smoking.

A filtered cigarette
An electronic cigarette
A reproduction of a carving from the temple at Palenque, Mexico, depicting a Maya deity using a smoking tube
Francisco Goya's La Cometa, depicting a (foreground left) man smoking an early quasicigarette
A 1942 ad encourages women to smoke Camel brand cigarettes.
Diagram of a cigarette
Leones Africanos brand cigarettes from the mid-20th century, part of the permanent collection of the Museo del Objeto del Objeto
A discarded cigarette butt, lying on dirty snow
Various types of electronic cigarettes.
Artistas brand cigarette package of Mexico from the Museo del Objeto del Objeto collection
Tabak-Trafik in Vienna: Since January 1, 2007, all cigarette machines in Austria must attempt to verify a customer's age by requiring the insertion of a debit card or mobile phone verification.
Simple molecular representation of cellulose acetate with one of the acetate groups on the cellulose backbone shown by the red circle
Discarded Newport cigarettes packs found in Olneyville, Rhode Island - 2008
Chemical hydrolysis of cellulose acetate
The chemical structure change of cellulose into glucose
A cigarette disposal canister, encouraging the public to dispose of their cigarettes properly
A Woolworths supermarket cigarette counter in New South Wales, Australia: In January 2011, Australia prohibited the display of cigarettes in retail outlets countrywide.
Cigarette salespeople in Jakarta, Indonesia

A cigarette is distinguished from a cigar by its usually smaller size, use of processed leaf, and paper wrapping, which is typically white.

An electronic cigarette is a handheld battery-powered vaporizer that simulates smoking by providing some of the behavioral aspects of smoking, including the hand-to-mouth action of smoking, but without combusting tobacco.

A diagram of the human body showing cancers and chronic diseases caused by smoking

Health effects of tobacco

Tobacco use has predominantly negative effects on human health and concern about health effects of tobacco has a long history.

Tobacco use has predominantly negative effects on human health and concern about health effects of tobacco has a long history.

A diagram of the human body showing cancers and chronic diseases caused by smoking
Addiction experts in psychiatry, chemistry, pharmacology, forensic science, epidemiology, and the police and legal services engaged in delphic analysis regarding 20 popular recreational drugs. Tobacco was ranked 3rd in dependence, 14th in physical harm, and 12th in social harm.
Share of cancer deaths attributed to tobacco in 2016
Since establishing causation through experimental trials was not possible due to ethical restrictions, a lengthy study was conducted in order to establish the strong association necessary to allow for legislative action against tobacco consumption.
Smoking can cause atherosclerosis, leading to coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease.
Tobacco stains on primarily the second and third fingers of a heavy smoker
Dental radiograph showing bone loss in a 32 year old heavy smoker
Protein AZGP1
Nicotine molecule
Posted sign to avoid passive smoking in York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A sign forbidding the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and hookah in Tbilisi, Georgia
Share of deaths from smoking, 2017<ref>{{cite web |title=Share of deaths from smoking |url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/share-deaths-smoking |website=Our World in Data |access-date=5 March 2020}}</ref>
The number of deaths attributed to smoking per 100,000 people in 2017<ref>{{cite web |title=Death rate from smoking |url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/death-rate-smoking?tab=map |website=Our World in Data |access-date=5 March 2020}}</ref>
Average price of a pack of 20 cigarettes, measured in international dollars in 2014.<ref>{{cite web |title=Average price of a pack of cigarettes |url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/average-price-of-a-pack-of-cigarettes |website=Our World in Data |access-date=5 March 2020}}</ref>
Taxes as a share of cigarette price, 2014<ref>{{cite web |title=Taxes as a share of cigarette price |url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/taxes-as-share-of-cigarette-price |website=Our World in Data |access-date=5 March 2020}}</ref>
Types of bans on tobacco advertising, 2014<ref>{{cite web |title=Enforcement of bans on tobacco advertising |url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/enforcement-of-bans-on-tobacco-advertising |website=Our World in Data |access-date=5 March 2020}}</ref>
Support to help quit tobacco use, 2014<ref>{{cite web |title=Support to help quit tobacco use |url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/support-to-help-to-quit-tobacco-use |website=Our World in Data |access-date=5 March 2020}}</ref>

Tobacco taxes that increase the price of tobacco products have also been enacted.

Like other forms of smoking, cigar smoking poses a significant health risk depending on dosage: risks are greater for those who inhale more when they smoke, smoke more cigars, or smoke them longer.