While both cigars and cigarettes contain tobacco, there are
some differences between these two forms of smoking. The obvious, visible
difference is that a cigar is wrapped in leaf tobacco, while a cigarette is
wrapped in paper that does not contain tobacco. In general, cigars are bigger,
more expensive, last longer and thicker, and have more tobacco.
Regardless, both types can cause cancer.
One cigar can contain as much tobacco as one pack of cigarettes,
which is close to 200 mg of nicotine. Cigarettes contain about 10 mg of
nicotine. Therefore, cigars are typically saved for special occasions and
events. Cigar smoking is often considered more sophisticated. They’re more
popular in the U.S. then other places in the world, and more popular among men
than women. Cigars have a masculine appeal and are associated with capitalism. Statistics
show that 21% of adults smoke cigarettes, while 2.2% of adults smoke cigars.
This is why people tend to focus more on the health risks of cigarettes because
they are more widely used. However, cigars contain more cancerous chemicals
than cigarettes as well as more tar. Those who wish to disbelieve this
information believe that because cigars are not inhaled into the lungs, they do
not cause cancer. Cigars pose a threat to cancer anywhere they touch. Even if
not lung cancer, one has to consider that cigars do pose quite the risk for mouth
and throat cancer.
Those who are around cigar smokers also experience second
hand smoke equivalent of smoking a cigarette. The type of tobacco leaf used for
a cigar wrapper increases the concentration of toxic chemicals emitted when
burned, mores so than the paper of cigarettes. These chemicals include ammonia,
tar, and carbon monoxide.
Cigar smoking causes double the risk for airway damage that
causes lung disease. This leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Asthma can become exasperated. The risk for
heart disease and stroke also increases. Teeth become stained, gum disease can
develop, tooth loss can occur, and bad breath become regular.
The bottom line is that when it comes to smoking, it’s your
call. Nicotine is highly addictive and habit forming. For some, quitting seems
impossible and picking up the habit has lasted for years and years. Others can
stick to just social occasions. The mind and body learn to crave nicotine and
the withdrawals can be troublesome. Occasional smoking still can have poor
health consequences. The lungs can return close to their original functioning
over time once the nicotine stops entering. The functioning of the cilia which
clean and repair the system, can reverse some of the damage, but this is not to
be relied upon. It’s easy to find yourself addicted and hard to quit, so the
best choice is not to start.
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