Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy
And the controversial qn -- is smoking cigars deadly?
well, it can be. While not inhaled (as cigars use "black tobacco" as opposed to the blond tobacco of cigarettes, which are acidic and can be inhaled, which is very difficult to inhale), cigar smoke contains carcinogens, although they effect is largely felt in the mouth and throat. However, the cigar is a product of pure tobacco. The average cigarette, the poster child of bad health nowadays, contains only a small amount of tobacco--it is loaded with other chemicals, the number of and the types of which are harrowing, to make it more addictive/cheaper. Addiction is a multifaceted subject, but the amount naturally occurring in the limited tobacco present in small and not enough to cause addiction, especially considering how cigarettes, to the extend they have flavour, are incredible unpleasant otherwise. No studies have been done on occasional cigar smokers (those who smoke less than 1/day on average), and it is assumed that those individuals have limited risk, it is not the healthiest thing for you. I was talking to some doctors over cigars--the average cigar smoker is at little risk. That being said, those who inhale or smoke a significant amount are at a risk of cancers and other health problems in relation to their intake. In short, if you are smoking 10 cigars a day, you probably are at a higher risk. With that being said, the frequency of throat and oral cancers are rather low--less than 5% percent of the more than occasional total cigar smoking population will became ill, vs. some 50% of cigarette smokers for lung problems. On most of these cigar smokers, heart problems actually have a far higher occurrence. So again---if you smoke like a cigarette smoker, you are going to have problems. Ultimately, we all have our vices, we make our choices. Cigar smoking can kill; so can a heart attack triggered by a lifetime of unhealthy living or from excessive exercise.