Spain claims to have invented many things, including the lollipop, the mop and foosball (table soccer/football). I don’t buy those stories, but this one seems like it might be true. The cigarette originated in Spain.
The homeless and gypsies (before they were called Romas) used to work the docks unloading all the booty from the New World. Small tobacco leaves often “fell” out of the packages and the workers collected them and rolled them in rice paper. They called the creation cigarillos since the final product looked like a cigarro (cicada).
Even if it’s not true, it’s an interesting image to ponder, especially if you’re trying to quit.