In talking to a knowledgeable cigar smoker about inhaling cigars he gave me some real neat information.
I’ve inhaled little cigars, the thin ones, maybe a little bigger than a cigarette, but it’s harsh. I guess I’m used to inhaling because of the cigarettes. With the bigger cigars I naturally try, but can only inhale small puffs, it’s way too strong, but I get a nice buzz.
My cigar friend was telling me that as far as inhaling, there’s no specific rule, some cigar smokers do inhale, and some puff on the cigar and let out smoke through their nose which is a lighter form of inhaling, which he says bring out different flavors.
He says the reason cigarettes are easier to inhale is because of the chemical additives in the cigarettes that lower the temperature of the smoke. Handmade cigars are all natural tobacco and of course much bigger than a cigarette and the smoke is much hotter and thicker and they can damage the lungs and hurt if inhaled quickly.
Cigarettes are more acidic and absorb better in the lungs than the mouth, while cigars absorb better through the membranes in the mouth because it’s more alkaline, and as far as nicotine, the longer the tobacco is aged the more nicotine is available, which is another reason cigar smokers mostly absorb through the palate.
He adds that he finds it incredibly sexy to see women smoking cigars, but unfortunately not many do.
I’ll smoke cigars sometimes (always while with him), but really, I prefer my cigarettes where I can inhale deep and get the most pleasure out of the experience!