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Café Crème, sold in 115 countries, is the best-selling cigarillo brand in the United Kingdom and France.[1][2][3]

A cigarillo (from Spanish cigarrillo, meaning "cigarette", in turn from cigarro ("cigar") + -illo (diminutive suffix), pronounced [siɣaˈriʝo] in parts of Latin America or [θiɣaˈriʎo] in Spain) is a short, narrow cigar. Unlike cigarettes, cigarillos are wrapped in tobacco leaves or brown, tobacco-based paper. Cigarillos are smaller than regular cigars but usually larger than cigarettes. Cigarillos are usually made without filters, and are meant to be smoked like a cigar and not inhaled (except those made in this form only for specific tax issues).

Generally, a cigarillo contains about three grams of tobacco; the length varies from seven to ten centimetres (3–4 in) and the diameter is about 6–9 mm, usually 8 mm. Comparatively, a cigarette contains less than one gram of tobacco[4] and is about eight centimetres (3 in) in length and 8 mm in diameter.

Most cigarillos are machine-made, which is cheaper than hand-rolling. It is unusual to store them in humidors, partly because they are smoked in large quantities and so have a short shelf-life.

Cheap cigarillos are typically marketed as a brand rather than with the term cigarillo.[citation needed] In the United Kingdom common consumer brands[1] include Henri Wintermans Signature (formerly Café Creme) and Hamlets and in the rest of Europe Dannemann Moods, Candlelight, Agio Panters and Mehari's, Clubmaster and Handelsgold are popular. In the United States they include Al Capone, Black & Mild, Backwoods, Dutch Masters, Garcia Y Vega, Game, Splitarillos, Good Times, Swisher Sweets, and Phillies. Some famous cigar brands, such as Cohiba or Davidoff, also make cigarillos - Cohiba Mini and Davidoff Club Cigarillos.

In Spanish-speaking countries, as well as in the Philippines, cigarrillo means a cigarette. Anglo-Americans were first introduced to 'cigarrillo's' on a massive scale, during their conquest of New Mexico and California during the American-Mexican War 1846-1848. As it was observed that, "Both sexes smoke cigarrillos almost incessantly."[5]


Two cigarillos - Cohiba Mini and Dannemann Moods, the latter being the best-selling brand in Germany.[6]

In the United States, cigarillos (and cigars) were taxed at a lower rate than cigarettes. In February 2009 an increase from 5 cents to 40 cents per pack as part of the SCHIP expansion bill set a tax rate similar to that for cigarettes.[7]

Health concerns[edit]

Like other tobacco products, cigarillos are a health risk to those who smoke them.[4] In Brazil, Uruguay, Canada, Australia, India, and throughout Europe they are subject to the same laws which require manufacturers to place a health warning on a portion of each package.

Like cigars, cigarillos are not meant to be inhaled. As a result of this, it is often assumed that cigarillos are a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but health authorities around the world still warn smokers of the risk they pose due to smoke being in the mouth.

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  1. ^ a b "Scandinavian Tobacco – leading the UK cigar market | Grocery Trader". 8 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Cigars in the United Kingdom". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Cigars in France". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Cigar Smoking and Cancer". National Cancer Institute. 18 August 2005. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ Johnston; Edwards; Ferguson. Marching With The Army Of The West 1846-1848 p. 164
  6. ^ "Cigars in Germany". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Health Groups Hail Increase in Federal Tobacco Taxes". National Cancer Institute. 2009-02-10. Archived from the original on 2009-02-17.
  • Johnston, Abraham, Robinson; Edwards, Marcellus, Ball; Ferguson, Philip, Gooch. (1936) Marching with the Army of the West 1846-1848. Edited by Ralph P. Bieber. The Arthur H. Clark Company, Glendale, California.