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Cigars vs. Cigarettes
April 2000

Q. I smoke Cigars. This is much safer than cigarettes isn't it?

A. No. Cigars actually contain a larger content of carcinogenic tars than a cigarette. Also, although cigar smokers tend to not inhale as much as smokers do, a higher amount of nicotine is absorbed through the oral mucous membranes than via a cigarette. Therefore, there is a significant increase risk of dental disease and head and neck Cancers compared to non-smokers. I strongly advise to quit smoking Cigars and would avoid use of any tobacco containing products for the above reasons. Quitting strategies are similar to those used for quitting cigarettes.

Reference: http://rex.nci.nih.gov

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