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Why is smoking cigars or pipes dangerous?

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Even if you don't inhale, you can get a number of different cancers from smoking pipes and cigars.

Cigar and pipe smoking double the risk for the airway damage that leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Smoking can also worsen existing asthma.

Smoking cigars or pipes increases the likelihood of having heart disease or a stroke.

Smoking pipes or cigars contributes to gum disease, stained teeth, bad breath, and tooth loss.

Smokers are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction.

From: Effects of Smoking Pipes and Cigars WebMD Medical Reference

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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

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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