Cigars 101

Can you inhale cigars?

A: Traditionally speaking, yes. Although there are a number of cigar smokers who do inhale, it is not recommended or necessary for the enjoyment of premium cigars.

According to one of my sources, the chemical additives in cigarettes actually lower the temperature of the smoke, which allows you to inhale without too much discomfort. Premium handmade longfiller cigars are an all natural tobacco product. As a result, the smoke tends to be much hotter, not to mention thicker, and if inhaled quickly can possibly damage your lungs – not to mention cause a coughing fit of Richter scale proportions for the newly initiated.

If it’s the nicotine you crave, cigars will supply it, although the nicotine content of properly fermented and aged tobacco is lower on average than cigarettes. All you really need to do is gently pull the smoke into your mouth and let your palate savor the flavors and aromas in the cigar’s blend. So try to resist inhaling. You may find that you have a better appreciation for your cigars, and will enjoy them more as well.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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