Healthier than cigarettes? No cigar. - - Jackson, MS

Healthier than cigarettes? No cigar.

The notion that cigar smoking might be safer than cigarette smoking is incorrect, according to a new study. Researchers say as cigar use increases, new findings show cigars might be just as harmful as cigarettes.

Researchers analyzed data on tobacco exposure for more than 25,000 people.  Compared to non-smokers, cigar smokers had higher levels of lead and other toxins, including cancer causing substances. The nicotine concentrations for daily cigar smokers were the same as daily cigarette smokers.

(The study is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.) 

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