A member asked:

Is one cigar a month considered being a smoker?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Joseph Rosin answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

It is what it is. You smoke. When calculating your health risks the amount you smoke should be taken into consideration. You have higher risk for tobacco related diseases than a non-smoker, or former smoker. These are medical facts in your history and not judgements about your behavior.

Answered May 16, 2012


Dr. Lawrence Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

The criteria for “who is considered a smoker” varies between insurance companies. Most companies define "smoker" as any nicotine use (including gum and patch) within the last 1 to 3 years. There are perhaps a few companies that might give non-smoker rates for gum, patch, cigar, limited cigarette use, pipes and chewing tobacco.

Answered Dec 9, 2013



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