Made from the dried leaves of the tobacco plant, which contain the alkaloid drug nicotine, it is enjoyed through the inhalation of the smoke produced when it burns. The nicotine thereby enters the bloodstream where it stimulates the brain and central nervous system.

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that poses a variety of heath threats.

According to UN statistics, over five trillion cigarettes were produced in 2001 alone. Associated problems include second-hand smoke and the littering of cigarette butts, which have led to a downward trend in smoking in the new millennium.

Naked Snake was a cigar smoker.

Solid Snake is a heavy smoker who cannot live without his cigarettes while on missions. His favorite brand is Moslems, a cigarette that can be lit simply by bending its end (known as a "bent cigarette"), allowing him to smoke even when he does not have a light available.