Approximately 75% of cigar smokers don't inhale or smoke on a daily basis, while the vast majority of cigarette smokers do inhale and smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day. Also, some of the toxins contained in cigar smoke are present in levels that exceed those in cigarette smoke.
Cigar smoking has been linked to several smoking-related diseases and conditions.
CancerTSNAs in tobacco smoke may contribute to cervical cancer. Research is ongoing. Cigar smoke is laden with TSNAs.
COPD / EmphysemaMost cigar smokers don't inhale, but for those who do, the potential for damage to the lungs is similar to that of cigarette smoke.
Heart DiseaseCigar smoking has been linked to coronary artery disease. Smoking is hard on the heart.
Erectile dysfunctionCigar smoking and exposure to second hand smoke in particular have been shown to be significant risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
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