Even if you don't
inhale, cigars aren't healthier than cigarettes
Despite the cigar-smokers-don't-inhale argument, there's no safe
level of second-hand smoke, according to Patrick Reynolds, president
of Los Angeles-based Foundation for a Smoke Free America and
grandson of R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco company founder.
Second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer or heart disease,
Cigar smokers may also be exposed to a slew of other cancers
including mouth cancer, throat cancer and cancer of the gums.
Cigars don't carry the same health warnings as cigarettes and
chewing tobacco, but can have more nicotine and tar, and can produce
30 times more carbon monoxide, Reynolds said.
"Nicotine in cigars is just as addictive, whether you get it from
cigarettes or cigars," Reynolds said.
Smoke Free America is a nonprofit group that encourages
tobacco-free youth and tobacco prevention. Its Web site is http://www.anti-smoking.org/.