My IME always suggests both 菸 and 煙 for traditional 烟, which makes me think that they're interchangeable. Characters usually are not just simply exchangeable between themselves though.

What nuances exist between 菸 and 煙?


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As @YuiTo Cheng 's link


  • The gas produced when a substance burns. Examples: cooking smoke,soot.
  • The black ash condensed by the smoke produced by the burning of things which is often used to make ink.
  • Moisture, like water between mountains and rivers. Examples : clouds, smoke.
  • Especially opium. Examples: opium smoke.


  • A plant name. Solanaceae, an annual herb. Its leaf is the material for making cigarettes.


    Related to tobacco, use "菸"

    Such as: cigarettes, tobacco, tobacco leaves, tobacco wine. "香菸、菸草、菸葉、菸酒"

    Related to opium and drugs, or burning something without cigarette, use "煙"

    Such as: smoking halls, smoke ghosts, smoke poisons, clouds. "煙館、煙鬼、煙毒、雲煙"

0 Here is a link in traditional Chinese shows the detailed meaning of these two.

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    May 22, 2020 at 16:39

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