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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.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Cigar Smoking."

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio State University Medical Center.

CDC.

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Cigar Smoking."

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio State University Medical Center.

CDC.

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 19, 2020

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