The typical cigarette uses a cylinder shaped piece of paper with a filter on one end and packed with tobacco inside the rest of the cigarette. The paper used is specially designed to burn at a specific rate optimal for smoking. The tobacco is usually a blend of multiple different types of tobacco from different locations to maintain a consistent flavor.

It is estimated that over 1 billion people smoke cigarettes. Why do so many smoke? Similar to other drugs, cigarettes give smokers a buzz. On top of this cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. Many cigarettes contain many other chemicals as well. This increases the stimulative effects of the cigarette, but also increase the health risks.

The biggest health risk associated with smoking is lung cancer. Frequent smokers are much more likely to develop lung cancer. Frequent exposure to second hand smoke can also lead to lung cancer and other health problems, because of this many local governments have banned smoking in certain areas where second hand smoke is the worst.

There are many different types of cigarettes. One variation is flavor. Cigarettes can have a stronger taste depending on the tobacco, marlboro reds are an example of a more flavorful cigarette. Cigarettes such as Lucky Strikes are considered much harsher because they do not contain a filter. Most people smoke these cigarettes to get more of a buzz and because there is a long history of popular people who smoke unfiltered cigarettes. Actual flavors are also added to cigarettes. Menthol is by far the most popular, but other flavors such as cherry or vanilla have also been produced.

Another variant is size. Cigarettes can be thinner or "slim" or they can be longer "100 millimeter". The tobacco can be packed differently as well. The tobacco can be expanded to become les dense during the production process and the packed in to the cigarette leading to less tobacco per cigarette, these cigarettes are called "light".

American Spirit

Camel

Kool

Lucky Strike

Marlboro

Newport

Parliament

Salem

Winston

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