Is Cigar Safer Than Cigarettes?

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Many people believe that cigar smoking is less harmful than cigarette smoking. However, this is nothing more than a myth. As a matter of fact, cigars are as harmful as cigarettes. The only difference is that the two are used in a different manner, which results in different health hazards.

As compared to cigarette smoking, the frequency of cigar smoking is much lesser. Almost 75% of cigar smokers do not smoke cigar on a daily basis. On the other hand, cigarette smokers take up at least 20 to 30 cigarettes each day. Besides, most cigar smokers do not inhale the smoke whereas cigarette smokers do inhale. This difference in the smoking pattern and behavior clearly explains the difference between the ill effects of the two.

It is for this reason that cigar smokers are not exposed to the poison and carcinogens that cigarette smokers are exposed to. Consequentially, the number of deaths and diseases associated with cigar smoking are much lesser as compared to cigarette smoking.

However, this in no way makes cigar smoking any safer. Cigar smoking too comes packed with numerous ill effects, which may be more than cigarette smoking. For instance, one cigar contains as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes. While a single cigarette has less than one gram of tobacco, a cigar on the other hand, contains at least 5 to 17 grams of tobacco.

Another factor that makes cigars more harmful than cigarettes is addiction. While both are addictive, it is cigar that offers greater addiction. Cigar breaks down in the saliva itself. As a result, the smoker can easily absorb nicotine even if it is not inhaled, which makes cigar more addictive.

Further on, cigars are far more toxic than cigarettes. The production process of cigars entails a fermentation period. During this fermentation period, Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines (TSNs) are released. These are by far the most carcinogenic compounds. Also, cigar wrappers are not as porous as cigarette wrappers. This results in incomplete combustion, which again leads to the production of more dangerous compounds and chemicals. It is due to all these factors that the second hand smoke of cigars is far more harmful than that of cigarettes.

Though both- cigarette and cigar smokers are at the risk of cancer, the level of risk is far higher in the case of cigar smokers. Cigar smoking has been associated with numerous cancers, notably that of lip, tongue, mouth, larynx and throat. Further on, cigar smoking also increases the risk of cancer of lungs, pancreas and bladder.

With all this, it would be easy to state that cigar smoking is definitely more harmful than cigarettes. So, make sure that you exercise caution when you smoke one.