How Should You Put Out a Cigar?

A cigar resting on an ashtray

You’ve just enjoyed an hour of relaxing with an incredible smoke, but now it’s time to stop and return to your daily tasks. But how should you extinguish your cigar?

A stubbed out cigar in an ashtray

Don’t Stub It Out

When you get to the end of your cigar or want to stop smoking, the biggest temptation is probably going to be to stub out the cigar like you would a cigarette in an ashtray. But this is the worst thing you can do with a cigar.

A stubbed out cigar releases an unpleasant aroma that you really want to avoid, as it will likely linger on your clothing and in the area you have smoked.

Instead, our guide shows you how to properly extinguish your cigar.

Leave Your Cigar to Burn Out

Instead of grinding out your cigar, you’ll want to rest it in the middle of an ashtray and let it burn out on its own. Cigars are made of pure tobacco leaf, so they will fully burn out on their own, naturally, and in a fairly short amount of time.

A cigar burning out in an ashtray

Remember to Remove the Band

If you’re leaving a cigar to burn out, it is important to remember to remove the band before you put your smoke down, and discard it away from the ashtray – either take it home with you if you keep your cigar bands, or put it in the bin.

If the band is left on, then it might smoulder and burn when the cigar starts to burn past it. This will not only cause a bad smell, but the burning paper will continue burning in the ashtray and could even pose a fire risk.

Stay Until Your Cigar Is Out

It’s always better to be safe than sorry; a lit cigar can pose a fire risk if not dealt with properly. Make sure your cigar is firmly within the ashtray, where it cannot roll onto the floor.

The cigar should be cooled before you leave it to ensure that no stray embers are going to ignite anything. When you go to clear out the ashtray, ensure that the cigar and all its ash and embers are out before you put it in the bin.

Don’t Just Throw Your Cigar

If you’re out and about smoking a cigar, it can be tempting to just toss it away on the ground when you’re done, but this can be risky. Even if you think a cigar is extinguished, the filler or binder of the cigar may actually still be burning inside and can cause a hazard if it comes into contact with something flammable.

Keep hold of your cigar until you can safely dispose of it in a bin.

How to Put Out a Cigar in a Hurry

In a rush? Then you probably don’t have time to wait around for your cigar to go out on its own!

If that’s the case, then submerge the lit end of your cigar in a glass of water or run it under a tap to put it out.

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We hope that this guide has helped you learn the right way to put out a lit cigar. For more advice on how to smoke a cigar correctly, then check out our complete guide to cigar smoking for everything you need to know!

The Complete Guide to Cigar Smoking by Havana House

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