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Health Risks: Fine Cigars vs. Cigarettes

Most parents condemn smoking (or chewing) in any form, but many understand that their kids will probably try it at some point. For concerned parents, or even just curious adults, we’ve outlined some of the key differences between fine cigars and cigarettes—namely the dangers.

  1. Frequency. Any health professional will admit that the health risks of tobacco compounds with frequency of use. It’s not surprising, then, that most of the smokers who develop lung cancer smoked whole packs of cigarettes every day. While there are certainly some men who seem to always have a cigar in their mouths, they’re a rarity. The risk of cancer is incomparably less among those who just sporadically enjoy fine cigars.
  2. Inhaling. While a frequent cigar smoker could be at risk of oral cancer, lung cancer only develops after inhaling smoke. Cigarettes must be inhaled, but that’s discouraged when smoking a cigar. Even if cigar smokers inhale moderately, they would have to smoke five cigars a day to be at the same risk level of people who go through a whole pack of cigarettes in a day.
  3. Additives. A cheap corner store cigar will have about as many artificial elements as any carton of cigarettes, but fine cigars are rolled with high quality tobacco, and nothing more. Methanol, arsenic, industrial solvents, and even ammonia can be found in cigarettes, which no one wants to inhale. Cigars, on the other hand, are of the earth, and while natural things like steaks and fermented grapes can hurt your body, in moderation they carry very few health risks.