How to Smoke a Cigar the Right Way: This is What You Need to Do

Smoking a cigar is one of the best ways to kick off a special event or to take up as a new hobby.However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to smoke a cigar. Knowing the right way will help you enjoy the process far more. Read on and check out our guide on how to smoke a cigar the right way!

1. Choose Your Cigar

It’s important that you’re smoking a cigar you can enjoy and appreciate, otherwise, you’ll just be going through the motions. A good-quality cigar will be firm all the way through when you roll it gently between your fingers, with no lumps of soft spots.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the most common types you’ll find available:


These are the most common types of cigar and also the shortest at 5 inches long with a ring gauge of 50 to 52. The “ring gauge” is the diameter of the cigar–a gauge is equal to 1/64 of an inch.


These are some of the widest cigars with a ring gauge of 48 to 54 and a length of 5 to 6.5 inches.


These cigars come in the widest amount of flavors and have a light smoke, making them perfect for novices. They’re typically about 5.5 to 6 inches long with a ring gauge of 42.


This cigar type is growing in popularity. Toro’s are parejo-shaped cigar that is most commonly 6 inches long with a 50-52 ring gauge.

Toro Gordo

Typically a fat Toro at about 6 inches by 60 ring or larger.


Named after Winston Churchill, these cigars are for the true aficionados–they’re an average of 7 inches long with a wide ring gauge of 47. Not only will they last a long time, but they’ll also give off heavy smoke.

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Check out this video on how to smoke a cigar like Winston Churchill

In this video, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo demonstrates his techniques used during the cigar smoking process. Ernesto also tells a story about Winston Churchill and the very unique technique he used before smoking a cigar.

2. Cutting Your Cigar

Now that you’ve chosen your ideal cigar type, you can’t just light it up. First, you’ll want to cut it.

You want to avoid tearing the cigar or cutting it too high, which can lead to the cigar burning too hot and too fast. Cutting it too high can also lead to the cigar unraveling, which is an even worse experience.

Choose Your Tool

You’ll want to use a knife, scissors, or guillotine that are sharp enough to avoid tearing the cigar and instead leave a clean, sharp cut. Here are some popular tools:

  • Single or double blade guillotine
  • Cigar scissors
  • Cigar punch
  • V-cut
  • Cigar piercer

Depending on the type of tool you choose, you can do a straight cut, punch cut, or v-cut.

Preparing the Cut

When you examine the head of the cigar, you’ll notice some seams along the outer edge of the cigar that also slope into the curved shoulder and end. Your goal is to cut off this cap while leaving some of the flag leaf intact.

Since the wrapper leaf is delicate, you may find that moistening the tip before you cut off the cap can make it far more manageable. Do this by simply placing the tip on your lips; there’s no need to use your tongue, as the humidity and moisture from your mouth are enough.

No matter which cut you use, you want to use a quick, hard, and decisive cut in order to be sure it’s cut cleanly all the way through. Make your decision on the placement and use a strong and sure motion.

3. How to Light a Cigar

You’ll want to use either a butane lighter or a long wooden cigar match. The reason for this is because scented candles, paper matches, stoves, and lighters that use oil can affect the taste of the cigar due to their chemicals.

With your cigar 3 to 4 inches from the flame, hold it at a 45-degree angle. Without letting the flame touch the cigar, rotate the cigar so that you “toast” the foot evenly. This is necessary so that the outer wrappers of the cigar light at the same time as the inner portion, which will help it burn evenly as you enjoy it.

Once the outer wrapper of the cigar is white, it’s time to light the inner portion. Hold the cigar to your lips with the flame a half an inch away from the cigar. As you draw air in, rotate the cigar.

After you release pressure from the inhalation, a shot of flame should come up from the cigar foot along with a puff of smoke.

4. How to Smoke a Cigar

The trick to smoking a cigar the right way is avoiding inhaling the smoke. You want to pretend you’re sucking in air from a straw instead of breathing in through your diaphragm. Simply fill your mouth with smoke and then breathe out.

Last but not least, remember that smoking a cigar isn’t a race. The point is to relax and enjoy it at your leisure with one drag about every minute.

Smoke a Cigar for a Relaxing Evening

Although learning how to smoke a cigar may seem daunting at first, but knowing the cigar you want to try, having the right tool to cut it, and lighting it evenly will become muscle memory in no time.