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Do Cigars Give You a Buzz? Understanding Nicotine Effects

Chris, Chief Editor

Updated Jan 24, 2024

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Many cigar smokers and even professionals have experienced the lightheaded, dizzy feeling that comes from puffing on a cigar, myself included.

Do cigars give you a buzz? Yes, cigars do give you a buzz, but not always, as it varies from person to person and their tolerance levels.

This “buzz” results from the nicotine in the tobacco leaves used to make strong cigars. While cigarettes contain nicotine too, cigars actually pack a bigger punch per gram of tobacco.

It is typical for beginners who try to smoke a cigar to experience the buzz. It’s also true for seasoned high-value men who haven’t smoked a cigar for a few weeks.

Understanding what causes the cigar buzz, as well as how to smoke responsibly without the unpleasant side effects, will help you to decide if lighting up a cigar is for you.

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What does cigar buzz feel like?

A cigar buzz is a sensation you might experience after smoking a cigar, primarily due to the nicotine content in the tobacco leaves.

The intensity of the buzz varies based on the type and size of the cigar smoked.

When you smoke a cigar, the nicotine can cause a feeling of lightheadedness, relaxation, or a slight euphoric sensation.

It’s a mild stimulant effect that can alter how your nervous system responds. Symptoms of a cigar buzz may include:

  • A sense of calmness or well-being
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • An increased heart rate
  • A slight ringing in the ears

How do you get over a cigar buzz?

Recovering from a cigar buzz involves a few simple steps. First, stop smoking the cigar immediately to prevent further nicotine intake.

Here’s what you can do to alleviate the buzz:

  1. Drink water: Hydration helps your body to process and eliminate nicotine.
  2. Eat something: Having some food in your stomach can ease the effects of a buzz.
  3. Fresh air: Step outside or open a window to get some fresh air.
  4. Rest: Allow your body some time to recover by sitting or lying down.

A cigar buzz is temporary, and these steps will help you to get over it more comfortably.

Why Do Cigars Give You a Buzz?

Nicotine is the primary substance responsible for the sensation known as a “buzz,” but also improper pacing when puffing on a cigar.

Cigars typically contain 100-200 milligrams of nicotine due to the larger size of the cigar and the type of tobacco used. Cigarettes, in comparison, average eight milligrams of nicotine.

Why do I feel dizzy or nauseous after smoking a cigar?

It’s not uncommon to feel dizzy or nauseous, especially if you are new to cigar smoking or have a low tolerance for tobacco.

The side effects you may feel after smoking a cigar are often the result of the nicotine, particularly if a large amount is absorbed too quickly.

Although you never inhale cigar smoke, nicotine is still absorbed through the lining of your mouth.

The size and intensity of the cigar also play a role—larger cigars with bigger ring gauges pack more tobacco and, consequently, more nicotine, which amplifies the sensation.

This can lead to a tingling sensation in your body and, if unaccustomed to nicotine, a sense of light-headedness or dizziness.

How to Responsibly Enjoy a Cigar?

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Enjoying a cigar can be a relaxing experience when done responsibly. Here’s what you need to keep in mind to ensure that the effects of nicotine don’t overshadow pleasure.

Choose the Right Cigar for Your Tolerance

Select a cigar that aligns with your nicotine tolerance. These will be the milder types of cigars, such as the Romeo Y Julietta. You’ll be able to explore stronger options, such as Robusto cigars, as your tolerance builds up over time.

Puffing Speed and Its Effects on the Experience

The speed at which you puff a cigar impacts the intensity of your experience. Rapid puffing increases the amount of nicotine absorbed and leads to a stronger buzz or dizziness. Aim for slow and steady puffs to savor the tobacco’s flavor and aroma.

The Effect of Cigar Size on Buzz Intensity

Larger cigars often contain more tobacco, which means more nicotine. If you prefer a less intense experience, opt for a smaller size.

The duration of a cigar depends on its size and your smoking pace. A small cigar may last 20 to 30 minutes, while large ones can offer an experience of over an hour.

Pacing is key to smoking a cigar, as it’s considered an art form with certain cigar etiquette. They are meant to be enjoyed in a social setting, not rushed through.

It’s perfectly fine to stop anytime you feel a buzz, take a break, or avoid smoking altogether.

Chris Starkhagen MSc.

Entrepreneur and Founder of chrisstarkhagen.com

Chris writes for men about what to know and how to be a high-value man and networking with high-net-worth individuals. Chris guides readers on men’s business, men’s home office, men’s performance, men’s accessories, and the best products for men to craft a timeless style. Whether you’re already a high net-worth man seeking your next luxury watch or a young G who wants a lifestyle upgrade, Chris connects men with the resources needed to elevate life as a man.