Cigars and pipe tobacco are not as addictive or as harmful as cigarettes. But they
still carry their own health risks. Consider that:
People who smoke cigars daily are up to 4 times
more likely to develop
lung cancer than people who do not
The risks of cancer of the mouth, tongue, gums, and lips
oral cancer) and cancer of the voice box (larynx) or
esophagus are about the same for people who smoke cigars or pipes 5 times a day
as they are for people who smoke cigarettes.
The risks of lung disease (emphysema and
chronic bronchitis) and heart disease are lower for
people who smoke cigars than for people who smoke cigarettes but higher than
for people who do not smoke.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Hughes, MD - Psychiatry Michael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine,