Cigarette packs in the U.S. come in several different sizes and shapes, but one size is more popular than all the others: the king-size cigarette.
King-size cigarettes are longer and thinner than standard-sized ones and deliver more nicotine per puff. But just how much more?
The answer is complicated by a number of factors, including how tightly packed the tobacco is, how well it’s filtered and whether it contains menthol.
In general, though, a king-size cigarette contains about 20 percent more tobacco than a standard size — which means that if you smoke two packs of kings each day, you’ll be consuming 20 percent more tobacco than if you smoked one pack of regulars.
But even that isn’t quite right because there’s no standard weight for a king-size cigarette pack. Some brands weigh 30 grams; others weigh 44 or 45 grams.
The bottom line: If you’re trying to quit smoking or cut back on cigarettes, go with a smaller pack or switch to a lower-tar variety such as lights or ultra lights.
Last modified: November 7, 2022