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Cigarettes Or Cigars: Which One Worse For Your Health?

Author : SaraJuli Robinson


Most everybody has heard about the well being risks of smoking both cigars and cigarettes, and the dangers of secondhand smoke. But which is worse? Do cigar smokers truly have the benefit over cigarettes smokers? The answer is a lot more complex than anyone ever thought.

A Matter of Degree

Research from the National Cancer Institute indicates that the well being risks posed by both cigarettes and cigars are strongly linked to frequency of use. That is, it's not whether or not you smoke cigarettes or cigars, but how much and how frequently you consume them. Individuals who smoke cigarettes on a daily basis are at a higher risk of creating cancer than individuals who smoke the occasional cigar. That said, evidence indicates that cigars include numerous more carcinogens than cigarettes. It also appears that cigar smoke is much more toxic than cigarette secondhand smoke. Much of this is due to the fact that cigars are bigger than cigarettes, and thus create more smoke.

To Inhale or Not?

Debate has also concentrated on the issue of inhaling nicotine from cigars and cigarettes. Dedicated cigar enthusiasts argue that cigars are less dangerous than cigarettes because they do not require you to inhale as a lot toxins. The National Cancer Institute's study indicates that both cigar and cigarette smokers are exposed to carcinogens, regardless of whether they inhale or not. Even without inhaling, smokers are still exposing their mouths, tongues, larynxes, and throats to carcinogens. In fact, merely holding an unlit cigar or cigarette between your lips can expose you to carcinogens. Moreover, when saliva comes in get in touch with having a cigar or cigarette, even momentarily, carcinogens are swallowed. When carcinogens are swallowed, the throat, larynx, and esophagus further turn out to be exposed to these toxins and irritants. Cigarette and cigar smokers appear to swallow comparable amounts of carcinogens, resulting in approximately the same percentage of risk in creating oral and esophageal cancers.

Research indicates that the health risks associated with both cigars and cigarettes might be decreased if the degree inhalation is adjusted. Simply because most cigarette smokers tend to inhale deeply and smoke on a normal basis, they are at higher risk of developing cancer of the larynx. To get an concept of how inhalation of smoke relates to health risks, the National Cancer Institute tells us that the lung cancer risk of somebody who smokes five cigars a day and inhales moderately has about the same risk as someone who somebody who smokes one pack of cigarettes a day.


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