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Cigars & Cigarettes

            To look cool, smoke a cigar, instead of donating the lungs to cigarettes.

            The earliest form of the cigarette and cigar takes place about two thousand years ago, practiced by the Mayans and later the Aztecs of Central America. The word cigar originated from sikar, Mayan word for smoking. The word cigarette is the French name for “little cigar.” Cigarettes and cigars are consumed through smoking and manufactured out of cured and finely cut tobacco and other addictives.

            Today cigarettes and cigars come in all natural flavor and sizes. There are more tasty cigars than there are cigarettes such as, the Padron, Partagas, Ashton, Acid, Montecristo, and Arturo Fuente cigars. The Cuban cigar, also known as Habanos, is the best cigar in the world and highly demanded. Their production is rarely able to match up to the demands.

            The price for cigars varies by the type of tobacco it contains, but the do cost more than cigarettes. The average price for a pack of cigarettes is about $5.13. Cigarettes are small in size and contain 1 gram of tobacco, while cigars are about 7 inches in length and contain about 5 to 17 grams of tobacco. It takes about 10 minutes to smoke a cigarette and 1 hour to smoke cigars. They both cause multiple types of cancer like, heart disease, respiratory disease, circulatory disease, emphysema and birth defects. One major difference between cigar and cigarette smoking is the amount of inhalation. All cigarette smokers inhale, while majority cigar smokers do not because cigar smoke is potent and irritating. Cigar smokers experience higher rate of cancer, if inhaled.

            The popular and most common kinds of cigars in the United States are Black & Mild’s, Phillies, Swisher Sweets, White Owls, Master Deutch, and Game. For cigarettes, it would be Parliaments, Newport’s, Marlboro, Kools, and Camels. They are all distributed in all the usual stores.

            Remember, cigars and cigarettes originated with the Mayans and Aztecs, and they both cause cancer. So, even though cigars are more expensive than cigarettes, it’s easy to purchase a Habanos, the best cigar in the world, to smoke and look cool. Just don’t inhale.