Hi, Yama,

The sentence is clearly intended as having a generic meaning, that is, as referring to what cigarettes usually consist of.

The plural with the zero article is the most usual way in which generic meaning can be conveyed in definitions:

  • Cigarettes are made of tobacco and paper.


If a plural noun is not used, then a singular one can be used with an indefinite article to render an equally generic meaning (in which case "a" is more or less equivalent to "any"):

  • A cigarette is made of tobacco and paper.

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