Saliva Production In Cigar Smokers

Saliva contains two types of secretions, one is a digestive enzyme called salivary amylase (or ptyalin) and the other is a secretion containing the lubricating fluid, mucin. There are many functions of saliva besides lubricating the mouth and helping to pre-digest food. Saliva helps to remove debris from the oral cavity, regulates the acid-base balance in the mouth and maintains the general health of the oral mucosa. Saliva also possesses antimicrobial and immune system functions.

That said, it is still unclear why tobacco has different effects on different people. It is likely that it is purely due to individual differences in a person’s ability to tolerate the components of cigar tobacco. It has been long noted that smoking increases the salivary response in new smokers. The mucous membranes are not accustomed to the components in cigar smoke and overreact. Over time, people develop tolerance to the tobacco constituents and salivary secretion is reduced as a smoker becomes more accustomed to smoking cigars. So, it appears likely that newbie cigar smokers will notice heavy saliva buildup.

Another consideration is the time that the tobacco is in contact with the salivary secreting membranes. The longer a cigar smoker keeps a cigar in their mouth, it will likely increase the flow of saliva.

In any case, supercharged spit should not worry you. It is likely a temporary condition that will vary with the type of cigar smoked and the time that you have been smoking.

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About the Author
David “Doc” Diaz is the publisher of Stogie Fresh and the editor of the Stogie Fresh Cigar Journal. He has served as an educator, researcher and writer and has taught in the Health Education and Health Science field for over 30 years. He possesses an earned doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Learn more by visiting

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for 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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