While Cigars are typically composed entirely of whole-leaf tobacco; cigarettes are distinguished from a cigar by their smaller size, use of processed leaf, and white paper wrapping.
A cigarette is a product consumed through smoking and manufactured out of cured and finely cut tobacco leaves and reconstituted tobacco, often combined with other additives, then rolled or stuffed into a paper-wrapped cylinder (generally less than 120 mm in length and 10 mm in diameter). The cigarette is ignited at one end and allowed to smoulder for the purpose of inhalation of its smoke from the other (usually filtered) end, which is inserted in the mouth. They are sometimes smoked with a cigarette holder. 

Approximately 5.65 trillion cigarettes are produced globally each year and are smoked by over 1.15 billion people or greater than one-sixth of the world population.

Smoking prevalence by gender


Percent smoking

Region  Men  Women
Africa 29  4
United States 35  22
Eastern Mediterranean 35  4
Europe 46  26
Southeast Asia 44  4
Western Pacific 60  8
Source: World Health Organization estimates, 2000
Leading consumers of cigrettes in 1998
Country  Population
Cigarettes consumed
Cigarettes consumed
(per capita)
China  1248  1643  1320
USA  270  451  1670
Japan  126  328  2600
Russia  146  258  1760
Indonesia  200  215  1070

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