Imagine enjoying a cigar when you suddenly feel lightheaded and ill.
So, you’re now entirely turned off by the cigar and throw it away – what a waste.
If you’ve had cigar sickness at least once in your life, then you know that it’s a nasty feeling.
So, why do cigars make you sick and how can you cure cigar sickness?
Read on to find out.
Why Do Cigars Make You Sick?
Why do cigars make you sick?
Nausea caused by smoking a cigar is a moderate form of nicotine poisoning, and while it has never been fatal, it can be unpleasant.
Some symptoms of cigar sickness include:
- Increased blood pressure
Most people who experience these sensations do so after smoking their first cigar or a cigar that is too strong.
We’ll go over a few reasons for cigar sickness below.
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Tobacco Used In Cigars
Tobacco leaves may contain pesticide traces from when they were cultivated, which might cause sickening symptoms.
This is because they have not aged sufficiently, so you can choose handcrafted cigars over machine-made cigars to avoid this type of smoke.
Cigars give you a buzz, and cigar that is too strong for you will cause nausea.
Full-bodied cigars, like punch cigars, might be tempting to try, but sticking to cigars that your body can handle will help you avoid getting sick or nauseous.
Remember, the higher the nicotine content, the stronger the tobacco.
When you consume more nicotine than your body can manage, you’ll begin to feel ill as a result.
Smoking On An Empty Stomach
Smoking on an empty stomach can also cause sickness.
This is especially true while smoking full-bodied cigars, and it can be exacerbated when combined with an alcoholic beverage.
To avoid cigar sickness, you should avoid smoking on an empty stomach.
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How To Treat And Avoid Cigar Sickness
Avoid Smoking Strong Cigars
If you are a beginner, you should avoid starting with strong cigars and progressively increase your skill level.
Begin with light to medium-strength profiles and then go to the next degree of intensity once you’re comfortable.
So, which types of cigars are considered mild?
Some cigars that come to mind are Oliva Cigars’ Serie G and Connecticut Reserve cigars, as well as the Macanudo Café.
If you would like to learn more about the Macanudo Café, check out the helpful review below:
Easy Does It
Another typical mistake that new smokers make is puffing the cigar too quickly. When learning how to smoke the cigar, take your time.
Smoking a cigar quickly causes the tobacco leaves to burn faster, resulting in a bitter cigar and allowing the nicotine to enter your system quickly.
You should also not continuously puff on your cigar and, instead, only puff your cigar once or twice a minute.
If you start to feel nauseous, put your cigar down and take a minute to relax.
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Change The Way You Smoke Your Cigars
Inhaling or swallowing the smoke increases the amount of nicotine in your system, leading to cigar sickness. This is bound to make your head spin.
Keep in mind that cigars are not cigarettes and should not be treated as such. The idea is to puff and expel the smoke from your mouth.
Slow down and treat the cigar more like a stick of incense that you keep smoldering with an occasional slow draw — just enough to keep it ablaze.
Remove the Cigar from your Mouth
If you keep the cigar clenched between your teeth for too long, the nicotine in the smoke will enter your nose and work its way into your bloodstream, causing cigar nausea.
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