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Cigars as bad as cigarettes study proves

Brandy and a cigar might be considered a luxury but there are significant risks associated with cigars

They used to be the hallmark of a powerful man – and they still tend to be overlooked in smoking risk warnings.

But new studies show cigars are associated with many of the same fatal conditions as cigarette smoking.

Researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysed studies in the USA, the UK, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

The results reinforce the fact that cigar smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking.

Cigar smoking is linked to fatal mouth,oesophageal, pancreatic, laryngeal, and lung cancers, as well as heart disease and aortic aneurysm.

The authors also report that those who exclusively smoked cigars and had never smoked other tobacco products also had an increased risk of all-cause mortality.

The risk of death from oral, oesophageal and lung cancers was found to increase with inhalation of cigar smoke. Even in those who reported not inhaling cigar smoke, there was a risk. Those who smoked cigars and had previously smoked cigarettes had a much higher risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compared to cigar smokers who had not previously smoked cigarettes. The researchers believe this could be due in part to the inhalation patterns of these different types of cigar smokers.

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