Definition of Cigar
Cigar: A small roll of tobacco leaf for smoking. The word "cigar," from the Spanish "cigarro," first appeared in English in 1730.
In 1998, a National Cancer Institute report outlined cause-and-effect connections between cigar smoking and disease, including cancer of the mouth and lungs, heart disease and emphysema, and stressed the danger of secondhand cigar smoke.
In 2000, cigars sold in the US were required to carry a label warning of health risks associated with cigars. The labels (rotated at 3-month intervals) read:
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