The thought of smoking a cigar for the first time can be exciting. It can also be daunting, though it doesn’t have to be. Smoking a cigar is supposed to be a relaxing and pleasurable experience. In case you’re nervous, here are four tips to help your first smoke be a smoother one.
Light It Properly
You want your cigar’s burn to be even. Proper lighting can help with that. You want the cigar’s foot, that is, the end of the cigar that you light, to be lit evenly. For the beginner, a lighter is the better option. A lighter gives you plenty of time to get used to properly toasting and lighting your cigar. And uneven burn may result in a ruined cigar for some, but it’s a very easy fix: after letting the cigar put itself out, simply snip off the burnt end behind the ash, blow out any residual ash and relight.
Don’t Smoke too Fast
Smoking a cigar is not a race. Smoking too fast can affect not just the flavor of a cigar, but the properties of the smoke as well. Faster smoking leads to a hotter cigar and a more irritating, less flavorful smoke. Slower smoking allows the flavors and aromas of a cigar to be experienced as intended.
Know When to Stop
By their size alone, cigars contain higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes. A cigar’s body and strength levels are good indicators of how much nicotine will be present. As a beginner, you may want to start with something mild, even if you are a seasoned cigarette smoker. If you feel yourself becoming woozy or nauseated while smoking, it is time to put the cigar down. There is no shame in knowing your limits.
Light up when you have some good time to burn. Don’t start a cigar during a lunch break. Don’t light one up before you have to run any errands either. Cigars are not made for quick smoking sessions. They are made for downtime after work, or when you want to sit back and have some time with your smoking buddies. You are meant to sit with a cigar and let it go through its flavor and aroma changes. Even if you don’t care about flavors or aromas and just want to smoke something big, don’t rush yourself.
When you smoke your first cigar, you will probably make some mistakes. But don’t worry; your next smoke will be a better one. Smoking cigars is a relaxing pastime worth learning. Just light one up and see where the hobby takes you.