cig·a·rette | \ ˌsi-gə-ˈret , ˈsi-gə-ˌ \
variants: or less commonly cigaret

Definition of cigarette 

: a slender roll of cut tobacco enclosed in paper and meant to be smoked also : a similar roll of another substance (such as marijuana)

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After completing the first leg of a fundraising round, Juul, which dominates the e-cigarette market in America, was valued at $15bn. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 Tuesday, a similar ban on e-cigarettes took effect. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 Juul, a startup that makes e-cigarettes that teenagers are gaga for, is raising $1.2 billion in a round that would value the company at $15 billion — on par with companies like Lyft or Snap. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Investing in vapor wares like Juul could be lucrative. But some Silicon Valley VCs draw the line at vice.," 10 July 2018 About 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. NBC News, "Smoking hits all-time low in U.S.," 19 June 2018 Murphy, who took office in January, is at loggerheads with fellow Democrats who control the legislature over his plan to raise taxes on millionaires, retail sales, online-room booking, ride-sharing, marijuana, e-cigarettes and Internet transactions. Terrence Dopp,, "New Jersey Lawmakers Pushing Own Budget Plan Amid Murphy Impasse," 15 June 2018 Missouri’s cigarette tax is 91 percent lower than Illinois’, according to a report published this year by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Steve Rosenbloom,, "A big idea that could give Illinois sports gamblers the best price," 17 May 2018 The outcome of the legal fight could have implications for other cities that have adopted or may consider similar measures, which like cigarette taxes, seek to curb unhealthy behavior through taxation. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Goes to Court: What You Need to Know," 15 May 2018 And United Nations and Red Cross used to bring us every two weeks a bag of cigarettes, because everybody was smoking. Howard Reich,, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of cigarette

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cigarette

French cigarette, diminutive of cigare cigar, from Spanish cigarro

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The first known use of cigarette was in 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of cigarette

: a small roll of paper that is filled with cut tobacco and smoked


cig·a·rette | \ ˌsi-gə-ˈret \

Kids Definition of cigarette

: a small roll of cut tobacco wrapped in paper for smoking

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