British Slang For Cigarettes (10 Example)

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While a cigarette is bad for your long-term health, its popularity is still strong due to its addictive properties. Ever wondered what slang terms are used in the UK to refer to it? In this article, we listed the British slang words or phrases related to cigarettes and indicated how they are used. Enjoy!

British Slang For Cigarette (in Alphabetical Order)



  • (Noun) A common term used in the UK to refer to a cigarette. 
  • Example: If you want to smoke a bine, go outside!



  • (Noun) A shortened form of cigarette. This type of word “corruption” is fairly common in the UK and the US.
  • Example: Put out your ciggie or the smoke alarms might go off.



  • (Noun) While offensive in today’s terms, in the UK, fag was fairly used during the day as a substitute for cigarettes. It might have come from loose rags or paper used for cheap cigarettes. 
  • Example: You shouldn’t be smoking some fags since you already have a lung condition. 



  • (Noun) A particular type of cigarette that has high tar. This term originates from the fact that you are left gasping for air after every puff. 
  • Example: Just had a gasper yesterday. The buzz is strong but I felt like I was suffocating. 

Oily Rag


  • (Noun) The Cockney rhyming slang for fag or cigarette.
  • Example: I just threw all my oily rags in the toilet because I wanted to quit my addiction. 



  • (Noun) A UK slang for joints and cigarettes. References the act of rolling up tobacco in a paper for the formation of cigarettes. 
  • Example: Never smoke roll-ups in front of children. Secondhand smoke is far more dangerous. 



  • (Noun) Another slang with double meaning. While it may be used for roll-up cigarettes, this term might also mean heroin. 
  • Example: Did you know that ronnies have been the cause of some of the wildest forest fires in history?

Salmon And Trout


  • (Noun) Another Cockney rhyming slang for cigarettes that rhymes with the snout.
  • Example: He got burned by salmon and trout during his first time smoking.



  • (Noun) British slang for cigarettes originating from prisoners touching their snouts as a means of requesting to smoke. 
  • Example: We had some snouts back in the day. We didn’t like them and we quit almost immediately. 

Tab Time


  • (Noun) A tab is used for cigarettes in some parts of the UK and tab time means a smoke break or a period allotted for smoking cigarettes. 
  • Example: Our employees have a short tab time. It keeps them productive and sane. 

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