Cigars-for-blunts: choice of tobacco products by blunt smokers

J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2005;4(3-4):23-42. doi: 10.1300/J233v04n03_02.


An important part of blunt (marijuana in a cigar shell) smoking is the ritual of the preparation process and the selection of tobacco product for the blunt. This article explores reasons for selection from the different tobacco products available in the legal commercial market. Based upon three years of ethnographic research with 92 focal subjects, the analysis focuses upon the practical, subcultural, and symbolic reasons that blunt smokers give for choosing tobacco products (cigars for blunts-CFBs) employed in the blunt preparation process. The blunt ritual also functions within the marijuana subculture to differentiate blunt smokers from joints/pipes smokers. This analysis explores the reasons users give for selecting among the most popular inexpensive cigar brands (Dutch Masters, Phillies Blunts, and Backwoods) all owned and marketed by a single cigar conglomerate. Blunt chasing--the smoking of a cigarillo or cigar following a blunt--is an emergent phenomenon that further expands the market for tobacco products among blunt smokers. Recently, many different flavors have been added to these tobacco products in order to attract young and minority blunt consumers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anthropology, Cultural
  • Ceremonial Behavior
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marijuana Smoking / ethnology*
  • Marijuana Smoking / psychology*
  • New York City
  • Poverty Areas
  • Tobacco*