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What Are Cigars?
What Are Cigars?
Cigars are a tobacco product that are larger than cigarettes. They contain nicotine, a powerful neurotoxin. Smoking cigars can lead to lung disease and cancer. The health effects depend on how frequently and how much a person smokes.
The National Youth Tobacco Survey reported that 2.1% of high school students and 3.414 young adults ages 18-25 initiated cigar smoking each day in 2018. However, the rates among youth are troubling. In contrast, cigarette use has been declining steadily.
Flavored cigars are popular among teens. Research indicates that flavored cigars may cause adverse health effects. A recent study found that the removal of flavored cigars from the market could result in 800 fewer annual cigar smoking-related deaths in the U.S.
Cigars were introduced to Spain in 1600. Since then, they have been widely used in other European countries. Often, the taste of a cigar depends on its country of origin.
The wrapper is the most expensive and flavorful part of the cigar. It must be silky and strong, with good burning properties. Color is also a factor. Depending on the tobacco used, the wrapper can be dark or light.
In some cigars, the tip may be made of wood or plastic. Other cigars are wrapped in a thin cedar sleeve.
Cigars are typically given as gifts to celebrate special occasions. Many men and women enjoy cigars. Most cigars are not cigarette-shaped.
There are three major categories of cigars. These include premium, little cigars, and flavored cigars. Each brand has its own unique taste.