Little Cigar Law and Legal Definition

Little cigars also referred to as small cigars differ from the regular cigars. They weigh less than the cigars and resemble cigarettes in size, shape, packaging, and filters. Sale of little Cigars increased in US during the 1971 to 1973 period after promulgation of Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, which required stronger health warnings on cigarette packs. Cigars were exempted from the ban.

15 USCS § 1332 [Title 15. Commerce And Trade, Chapter 36. Cigarette Labeling And Advertising] defines Little Cigar as follows:

(7) The term "little cigar" means any roll of tobacco wrapped in leaf tobacco or any substance containing tobacco (other than any roll of tobacco which is a cigarette within the meaning of subsection (1)) and as to which one thousand units weigh not more than three pounds.

Cigarette is defined as

1) The term "cigarette" means--

(A) any roll of tobacco wrapped in paper or in any substance not containing tobacco, and

(B) any roll of tobacco wrapped in any substance containing tobacco which, because of its appearance, the type of tobacco used in the filler, or its packaging and labeling, is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as a cigarette described in subparagraph (A).