with cigarette in hand vs with a cigarette in hand

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anhnha

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Sitting in his large chair with cigarette in hand, he looks rather drawn and quite uncomfortable.
Can I use "a cigarette" instead of "cigarette" in the sentence above?
Could you tell me what is the reason for using "
cigarette" not "a cigarette" in the sentence above?
 
You can use either.

It's a matter of style, not grammar.

Rover
 
"Sitting in his large chair, cigarette in hand, he looks rather drawn and quite uncomfortable."
I prefer it like that.
 
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