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Why do I tend to salivate more when I smoke certain cigars?

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A:  I have to admit, this is a new one for me. Sounds like you’re saying that only mild cigars don’t cause this to happen. It could just be your body chemistry. Perhaps your palate is so sensitive to the stronger or richer tasting tobaccos and they just let loose. However, for a more qualified answer to this question I went to an expert, David “Doc” Diaz at
“I have come across this question many times. It is a thorny one because, in some people, cigar smoking increases saliva, while in others, smoking reduces saliva production and leads to a dry mouth.

It is 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, they develop tolerance to the tobacco constituents and salivary secretion is reduced as a smoker becomes more accustomed to smoking cigars.

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

David Diaz, Ed.D.
aka “Doc”
Editor in Chief, Stogie Fresh Online Cigar Publications

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Tyler Duling
3 years ago

I have been smoking cigars for about a decade and for the past 3-4 months smoking cigars makes the roof of my mouth sore and tender. I have speculated it is because the cigar is causing dry mouth. I have tried to do some research online about this problem but I can’t find anyone with similar circumstances. I miss smoking cigars but because of the tenderness I get after smoking my cigars I’ve had to reduce and stop my cigar intake for the past couple of months. Is there any advice you can give me to help me recuperate and get back to enjoying what I love?

Tim Hernandez
2 years ago

Thanks for Your answers They explained a lot appreciate it.

Doc Diaz

Doc Diaz

David " "Doc" " Diaz is the publisher and the editor of Stogie Fresh Cigar Publications. 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. Doc is a Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT), having received this certification from the Tobacconist University and is a member and Ambassador of Cigar Rights of America (CRA).

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