Cigarillos are wrapped in tobacco, or brown tobacco-based paper. Cigarillos can be found for purchase alone, or in packs. Unlike a cigarette, they are not meant to be inhaled, but rather smoked like a cigar.
Generally, a cigarillo contains about 3 grams of tobacco, the length varies from 3 to 4 in. and the diameter is about 5 to 8 mm.
Cigarillos are often machine made, this allows the price to be lower than if they were handmade. Because of this, cigarillos are often seen by passionate cigar smokers as a lower quality product. As cigarillos are often smoked in quantities similar to cigarettes (between 5 and 10 per day), it is not usually necessary to store them in humidors because of their short life-span.
Cigarillos are also known in Europe as a 'Seven Minute Cigar'. This is because they can be smoked in seven minutes and are often seen as an alternative not only to cigarettes, but also where someone does not have enough time to smoke a full cigar.