Cigars, Little Cigars, Cigarillos, and Blunts

Cigar: A tightly wrapped bundle of dried and fermented tobacco. Wrapped in tobacco leaves or in brown tobacco-based paper.

Little Cigar: Similar to a cigar, but comparable in size, shape, and appearance to cigarettes. Looks like a brown cigarette.

Cigarillo: A short narrow cigar. Smaller than a full size cigar, but larger than a little cigar.

Blunt: Hollowed out cigar filled with marijuana.

Suggested Reading

Use, Beliefs, and Perceptions of Cigars, Little Cigars, Cigarillos, and Blunts

It has been well documented that little cigars and cigarillos, and associated products are popular with young people, especially among African American adolescents and young adults. These products may appeal to young people because they are sold in a variety of appealing flavors, and also because they are easier to access, as they are permitted to be sold in single units unlike cigarettes which are required to be sold in a minimum package of 20.

Cigar, Cigarillo, and Little Cigar Use Among Current Cigarette-Smoking Adolescents
(Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2012)

Exploring the Use of Little Cigars by Students at a Historically Black University
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008)

Flavored Cigar Smoking Among U.S. Adults: Findings from the 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey
(Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2012)

Flavored Little-Cigar and Flavored-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Middle and High School Students
(Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013) 

Little filtered cigar, cigarillo, and premium cigar smoking among adults – United States, 2012-2013
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014)

Patterns of Blunt Use Among Rural Young Adult African-American Men
(American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2012)

Primary and Dual Users of Cigars and Cigarettes: Profiles , Tobacco Use Patterns and Relevance to Policy
(Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2012) 

Primary and Dual Users of Little Cigars/Cigarillos and Large Cigars: Demographic and Tobacco Use Profiles
(Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2013)