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Do Cigar Smoking And Pipe Smoking Also Increase Risk
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
About equal: Depends on whether you inhale the smoke. Pipe tobacco has more tar, but fewer people inhale it, while cigar tobacco has less tar, but is more commonly inhaled. Both are associated with high rates of cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat, but slightly lower rates of heart attack than cigarette smoking, and way less emphysema and bronchitis in those who do not inhale the smoke. ...Read more
More Heat: The pipe has a tendency to cause more caustic damage to the mucosa because of the heat. ...Read more
Hard to say: The national data is mostly on tobacco use, and 90% of that is cigarettes. Also, most pipe and cigar smokers do not inhale all the tobacco smoke, so most of the complications are related to cancer of the mouth and throat, rather than lung cancer. Nicotine is absorbed through mouth tissue, so there is still an increase in heart disease, but not as much as cigarettes. A guess - 40-50 thousand/y. ...Read more
Of course: If they are not considerate of you, get rid of them. ...Read more
Carinogens: The tars in tobacco are carcinogens, the ask is also challenging to lungs. ...Read more
What are the dangers of cigar smoking? I smoked a cigar or two a day for ten years and have recently quit. Am i in danger of getting emphysema?
Little danger but..: Congratulations on stopping smoking! unfortunately, smoking cigars has the same hazards as smoking cigarettes- see http://www.Quitsmokingsupport.Com/cigars.Htm. However, unless you have an unusual genetic predisposition as dr. Ruttledge discusses, most people will not get significant emphysema from 10 years of smoking, if you don't smoke again i like your odds! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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