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Are cigars safer than cigarettes?

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Cigar smokers often wave off worries that smoking is bad for their health. They claim their habit is harmless and perpetuate the common misperception that cigars are somehow safer than cigarettes. In reality,they carry the same health dangers -- and sometimes even greater danger -- than cigarettes.

A single large cigar can contain more than a 1/2 ounce of tobacco -- as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes. One cigar also contains 100 to 200 milligrams of nicotine, while a cigarette averages only about 8 milligrams. That extra nicotine may be why smoking just a few cigars a week is enough to trigger nicotine cravings.

From: Effects of Smoking Pipes and Cigars WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Cigar Smoking."

Jacobs, E.J. edicine, 1999; vol 159: pp 2413-2418. Archives of Internal M

Health Services at Columbia web site: "Go Ask Alice! Cigar and pipe smoking: Safer than cigarettes?"

Rodriguez, J. edicine, Feb. 16, 2010; vol 152: pp 201-210. Annals of Internal M

Henley, S.J. , June 2, 2004; vol 96: pp 853-861. Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Albandar, J.M. , December 2000; vol. 71: pp 1874-1881. Journal of  Periodontology

Ohio State University Medical Center.

CDC.

Rakel, Robert E. , Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Textbook of Family Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2018

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