Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes. Tobacco smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease, even in non-smokers. Cigars contain the same addictive, toxic and carcinogenic compounds found in cigarettes and are not a safe alternative to them. Cigarette smoking can cause cancer of the lung, oral cavity, larynx and esophagus, as well as cardiovascular diseases.
People who smoke cigars in excess or inhale deeply also increase their risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 1 Cigars and pipe smokers often argue that their health isn't at risk because they only smoke one or two a day and don't inhale. It is also stated that pipes and cigars are not addictive. However, research shows that smoking cigars and pipes continues to increase the risk of cancer more than the risk of non-smokers.
Based on what is known about the characteristics of premium tobacco products and the biological mechanism of cardiovascular disease risk, this risk is likely to be significant if a person smokes premium cigars on a daily basis, although generally lower than if they smoke cigarettes. In a multivariate analysis, the IRR of mortality from coronary heart disease was 1.30 (1.05-1.6) for current tobacco smokers aged 30 to 74, but did not increase significantly for those over 75 years of age. However, according to the tobacco literature, daily or frequent long-term use of premium cigars is expected to increase the risk of suffering from these types of cancer. Switching from smoking cigarettes to smoking cigars can be particularly harmful because you can inhale cigarette smoke the same way you inhaled cigarette smoke.
Similarly, simultaneous users of premium cigars and other combustible tobacco products would have greater health risks than those who only smoke premium cigars. No epidemiological study has examined the specific association of premium cigars with all-cause mortality; however, several have examined the association of any consumption of cigars, including premium cigars, with all-cause mortality. An extensive literature search identified only three human studies on cigars and periodontitis, and these did not contain specific information on top-quality cigars. Lung cancer combined with cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract and bladder were evaluated by inhalation, duration, cigars per week and cigarette size.
Information on the frequency and intensity of smoking, the depth of inhalation of cigarette smoke and the number of years smoking cigars would serve as a basis for the possible dose-response relationship and modifying factors. Studies that focused primarily on pipe smokers or in combination with pipe smokers and cigars in the analysis were not included in this review (p. (e.g., the level of increased risk is likely to depend on how often premium cigars are smoked, which is generally lower than smoking other types of cigars). Cigarette smoke, including premium cigar smoke, contains many HPHCs capable of causing cancer and many other negative health effects.
With regard to the damage caused by exposure to second-hand smoke, workers in places where high-quality cigars are regularly smoked, such as smoking rooms, such as smoking rooms, are of particular concern. Adding flavors to premium cigars can increase the popularity of these cigars, as flavored tobacco products are generally more appealing to those who don't consume them. The 1998 review also concluded that the reduction in the inhalation of tobacco smoke by cigar users is likely to explain the lower risk of COPD and lung cancer among cigar smokers compared to cigarette smokers (NCI, 199). Women cigar smokers should be aware that there are special safety concerns associated with their habit.
Cigars contain many hazardous compounds that can cause cancer and other serious health problems when smoked regularly or inhaled deeply. Even if they don't inhale or only smoke one or two a day, they still increase their risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, oral cavity cancer, larynx cancer, esophageal cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that daily or frequent long-term use of premium cigars increases the risk for these types of cancers even more than non-smokers. Furthermore, switching from cigarettes to cigars can be particularly harmful because it's possible to inhale cigar smoke just like cigarette smoke.
Simultaneous users of premium cigars and other combustible tobacco products have even greater health risks than those who only smoke premium cigars. Adding flavors to premium cigars can make them more appealing but it doesn't make them any safer. Workers in places where high-quality cigars are regularly smoked are also at an increased risk due to second-hand smoke exposure. It's important for women cigar smokers to be aware that there are special safety concerns associated with their habit so they can make informed decisions about their health.