Large Cigar – Cigar that typically contains at least one-half ounce of aged, fermented tobacco (i.e., as much as a pack of cigarettes) and usually takes 1 to 2 hours to smoke.

Cigarillo – A short (3-4 inches) and narrow cigar that typically contains about 3 grams of tobacco and usually does not include a filter.

Little cigar – A small cigar that typically is about the same size as a cigarette and usually includes a filter.

Health risks:

  • Regular cigar smoking is associated with an increased risk for cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx (voice box), and oral cavity (lip, tongue, mouth, and throat.
  • Cigar smoking is linked to gum disease and tooth loss.
  • Heavy cigar smokers and those who inhale deeply may be at increased risk for developing coronary heart disease.
  • Heavy cigar smoking increases risk for lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.


American Cancer Society. Cigar Smoking. Atlanta: American Cancer Society [accessed 2015 Oct 19].

National Cancer Institute. Cigars: Health Effects and Trends. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 9. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 9. Bethesda (MD): National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, 1998 [accessed 2015 Oct 19].