Tobacco products come in many different forms, but many people are not familiar with the differences among them. For instance, most people probably do not know the difference between a cigar and a cigarillo.
The main difference between a cigar and a cigarillo is size. Cigarillos are always smaller than cigars. In fact, it’s in the name! The origin of the word “cigarillo” is Spanish, in which the suffix “-illo” basically means “a smaller version of.”Confusingly, the word “cigarillo” means cigarette in Spanish, but a cigarillo (in English) is not the same thing as a cigarette. Usually, cigarillos are slightly bigger than cigarettes and are encased in tobacco paper or tobacco leaf. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are encased in a paper wrapping. Cigarillos also do not normally have filters.
So, how big exactly is a cigarillo, and how does it compare to a cigar? Cigarillos’ dimensions tend to be seven to ten centimeters long and roughly eight millimeters wide, and they contain about three grams of tobacco on average. Cigars come in a large variety of sizes but are always bigger than cigarillos. They range in length from 11 to 15 centimeters and are up to 24 millimeters wide. There is not a set amount of tobacco that a cigar is expected to contain; this can vary widely by type of cigar. Generally, though, there is much more tobacco in a cigar than in a cigarillo. A long cigarillo and a short cigar might be pretty close together in length, but the cigar will still be noticeably fatter.
Cigars have a longer history than cigarillos, dating back many centuries. The origin of the word “cigar” is believed to be the Mayan word “sikar.” The ancient Mayans are known to have smoked them long before Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Americas. After cigars were introduced to Europeans, they became a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon. The tobacco industry was a major driving force in early colonial economies.
While both cigarillos and cigars have been popular, cigars come in a greater number of varieties. These include the Rothschild, Robolo, Robusto, Corona, Panatella, Ascot, and many more. Each type of cigar differs in length, width, and in other factors such as taste. All of them are bigger than cigarillos.
That’s basically it! The main difference between cigars and cigarillos is simply that cigarillos are smaller and skinnier. Cigars are also older and have more varieties, though both have a long history. Also, although a cigarillo refers to a cigarette in Spanish-speaking countries, elsewhere there is a distinction between the two.