A small tube of paper that's filled with tobacco and lit with a match is a cigarette. Because cigarettes take a terrible toll on smokers' health, the number of people who smoke them has declined recently.

Most cigarettes come in packages, each cigarette a perfect slim cylinder topped with a filter. When a cigarette is smoked all the way to this filter, it becomes a "butt." The main chemical in cigarettes is called nicotine, and it's extremely addictive — other additives in cigarettes can cause various cancers and lung diseases. Because of these dangers, cigarettes are regulated and highly taxed. The word itself comes from the French, meaning "little cigar."

Definitions of cigarette

n finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking

butt, cigaret, coffin nail, fag
cubeb, cubeb cigarette
a cigarette containing cubeb
filter-tipped cigarette
a cigarette with a filter tip
Type of:
roll of tobacco, smoke
tobacco leaves that have been made into a cylinder

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