How you hold a cigar in your mouth is critical to the draw of smoke. Although this seems like a simple task, many people struggle with exactly how to hold a cigar and enjoy good etiquette when smoking around others.
If you’re a beginner to cigar smoking, it’s inevitable you’ll be a bit worried about how to hold a cigar. In this article, we’re going to delve into the proper way to hold a cigar, both in your mouth and in your hand.
How to hold a cigar in your hand
Unless you’re lighting a cigar with matches, don’t hold the cigar in just your mouth. When smoking your cigar, hold it in your hand, so its weight is supported.
Often, when people hold cigars with just their mouth, they can clamp down too hard with their teeth and ruin the structure of the smoke. By supporting the weight with your hand, you can preserve the construction of the cigar.
How to hold your cigar in your mouth
You may find that lighting cigars with matches are your preferred method for starting your smoke. As you’ll need both hands to light up a match, you can hold the cigar in your mouth. However, it’s crucial that you are gentle.
To steady the cigar, you can use your teeth, but don’t bite down hard or you’ll ruin the entire construction of the stogie.
Once you’ve lit the cigar, it’s best to draw on it and then continue to hold it with both your mouth and hand to add extra support.
How much of the cigar do you put in your mouth?
When smoking a cigar, there only needs to be around an inch or two of the stogie in your mouth. By putting half of the cigar into your mouth, not only will you look silly, but you’ll also not enjoy your smoking experience.
Should you wet the end of your cigar?
Naturally, when you’re smoking a cigar, your saliva will accumulate on the head. When this happens, don’t panic, a little bit of moisture is fine and can make it easier to rotate your cigar.
Can you talk with a cigar in your mouth?
It’s not against any cigar rules to talk with a cigar in your mouth. However, it’s not going to turn out how it may appear in the movies.
If you try to speak with a cigar in your mouth, your words will come out jumbled, and nobody is actually going to understand what you’re trying to say!
Can I chew on the end of my cigar?
As previously mentioned, you mustn’t bite or chew your cigar constantly. The construction of the stogie will deteriorate and result in an uneven draw.
If you clamp your teeth down on a cigar, the wrapper will crack, and the smoke is not contained when drawing your cigar. Alongside this, the wrapper will flake off and create a huge mess for you to clean up.
If the wrapper begins to flake, you will end up getting loose tobacco in your mouth. Not only will this make it difficult to speak, but the taste will be unpleasant and ruin your experience.