Cigars

Cigars may not provide as high a risk of lung cancer as cigarettes do. However, cigars are in fact more carcinogenic than cigarettes, and are responsible for cancers of the mouth, lips, and throat.

According to studies by the National Institutes of Health...

People who smoke cigars are 4 to 6 times more likely to develop mouth cancer than nonsmokers even for those using only one cigar per day. 1 in 3 oral cancer patience die from the disease. Surgical treatment often requires the removal of teeth, portions of the jaw, other facial bones, and portions of the lips and cheeks. Obviously those who survive may become severely disfigured.

People who smoke cigars are 2 to 5 times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers People who smoke cigars are at a lower risk for lung cancer than those who smoke cigarettes, because cigar smokers don't inhale the smoke deeply. Remember, female cigarette smokers are 13 times more likely to develop lung cancer than female nonsmokers Male cigarette smokers are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer than male nonsmokers However, cigars do still increase your risk for lung cancer up to 5 times.

Cigars are addictive. Cigars contain nicotine, the addictive element in cigarettes This nicotine is absorbed through the mouth and throat.

Cigars are equally damaging to the cardiovascular system as cigarettes The nicotine absorbed into the mouth and throat circulates in the blood, irritating the inside of your blood vessels. Even at a young age, this irritation causes cholesterol to adhere to the inside walls of your blood vessels making them increasingly hard. Over time it can pile up until the artery is blocked, causing you to have a stroke or heart attack. This process, called arteriosclerosis, can begin right now thanks to that cigar.

Related Info

American Cancer Society Information on quitting smoking
www.cancer.org
1-800-227-2345

Smoking, Tobacco and Health Information Line
1-800-232-1311

Tips 4 Teens - Stop Smoking Help
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/osh/tipsteen.htm