Tips on How to Smoke a Cigarette

by Jenny Novac on February 22, 2012
  • Smokers sometimes tighten their mouth to provide some pressure resistance and expel the inhaled smoke further. However, it is possible for people to have uneven lips (a very thin upper lip which may not allow the mouth to close all the time and can release smoke before inhaling) in cases like this the person should try and put their bottom lip over the upper one and hold tightly.
Cigarette Smoking

Brunette in sunglasses a cigarette

  • Some smokers also expel smoke through their nose from time to time, though the majority do not, as the smoke further irritates the mucus membranes in the nose and sinuses.
  • A small amount of the smoke will stay in your lungs, sometimes for a few hours, until it is absorbed or breathed out through normal breathing.
  • Most smokers do not leave the cigarette in their mouth, as it is difficult to breathe normally (without inhaling smoke, some of which will exit the filter without drawing on it), and the hot smoke from the end burns the nose and gets in the eyes. Some smokers, however, do manage to do so.
  • Simply sucking in small amounts of smoke without inhaling can, with practice, produce a convincing portrayal of a . The smoke will be thicker and will not be expelled with as much as force as if it were inhaled.
  • Take care not to light the filter end of the cigarette.
  • Menthol cigarettes, apart from the aroma of burning tobacco, also have a slight mint aroma as well as a mentholated cooling sensation, akin to that usually associated with cold remedies.
  • Smokers sometimes tap their cigarette pack or a single cigarette in order to settle the tobacco which makes the cigarettes burn slower and more evenly. Point the pack or cigarette filtered end down and tap the pack against the palm of your hand or the cigarette against the table. Take care not to apply too much force or you will break the cigarettes. Some smokers will also tap the end of the cigarette to compress the tobacco further.
  • Smokers often smoke more when drinking alcoholic beverages because smoking is a social event, and people especially smoke more if their friends also smoke. Some people also get nervous in social situations, therefore smoking more, mainly to keep their hands busy, and to deal with the tension of the social interaction they may be experiencing. Nicotine is also a stimulant which temporarily overcomes the effects of alcohol. Addicts in withdrawal also experience the depressive effects of alcohol more strongly.
  • Smokers tolerate both the nicotine and the various chemicals in the tobacco, (dizziness, nausea, etc) as well as the negative physiological affects of the carbon monoxide much more so than non-smokers. Smokers no longer experience the “high” that first-time smokers do.
  • Do not smoke on an empty stomach, as this could provoke a feeling of nausea.
  • When your cigarette is almost burned down to the filter line, put it out by crushing the lit end in an ashtray or against the ground. You can scrape the cigarette against it to put it out further.

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