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This term, suggesting a diminutive cigar, identifies a small tubular paper wrapping of tobacco, marijuana or other, usually herbal, material to be burned for the purpose of delivering a drug such as nicotine via the lungs by inhaling ("smoking") the smoke or vapor sucked through the unburned material. Although cigarettes can be rolled" by hand, the first machine for this purpose was invented in 1881. The ends of a cigarette are usually left open, while those of a joint are usually twisted.

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