Whether it’s to add some pizazz to your smoking or to simply keep your fingers from being plagued with nicotine stains, you may one day decide to use a cigarette holder. While it’s not a difficult endeavor, it is one that takes a little getting used to so your cigarette does not fall out, get smashed or fly across the room. You can use a cigarette holder with a little precaution and a few simple steps.

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Make sure the holder is clean. If the holder unscrews, unscrew it to make sure the center is not jammed with any tobacco, grime or lint from being thrown in your pocket or purse. You can blow through it to dislodge any debris that’s not stuck on. Otherwise, clean it with a pipe cleaner.

Insert the cigarette into the holder. Gently grasp the holder in one hand and the cigarette in the other. Place the tip of the cigarette’s filter into the holder’s opening, turning very gently to secure into place. Do not pinch or disfigure the cigarette or you won’t be able to smoke it.

Light the cigarette. Make sure you keep the holder and cigarette pointing upwards so the cigarette does not fall out and light as you normally would.

Keep the holder pointing slightly upwards while smoking. Try not to point the holder down at the ground or the cigarette may fall out or at least get loose. Also try not to wave your hand around while smoking, which can also loosen the cigarette. Ash with care.

Dispose of the cigarette when through. This is done by simply grasping the cigarette butt and slightly twisting it to remove it from the holder. If you stub out the cigarette while it’s still in the holder, you may mash it further in.

Clean out the holder periodically. You’ll know when the holder needs cleaning by simply looking at it or finding it harder to smoke through. Cleaning out a holder is pretty grotesque if left neglected for too long, as it gets caked with clumps of tar. Try to clean our your holder at least once a week, even once a day for best results. Simply unscrew the holder if it unscrews and stick a pipe cleaner into it. Have a paper towel handy to wipe all the gunk off.


  • Different types of holders are on the market for cutting down the amount of tar and nicotine that gets into your system.

  • Antique holders are the best, but sterilize them before use by boiling in hot water so you don’t get any germs from wherever it’s been laying around for enough years to make it antique.

  • Rent some old Bettie Davis or other movies where actresses used to use holders to you can pick up some stylish tips on using them with a added finesse.