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Bigger isn’t better: Cigar secondhand smoke Bigger isn’t better: Cigar secondhand smoke
Celebrities and the depictions of the wealthy in the media have made the cigar into a high-class hobby Bigger isn’t better: Cigar secondhand smoke
Second hand smoke from cigars is more hazardous than from cigarettes.

Second hand smoke from cigars is more hazardous than from cigarettes.

Celebrities and the depictions of the wealthy in the media have made the cigar into a high-class hobby for those who are rich or cool enough to take part in their puffs. Unlike cigarettes, whose reputation has taken a recent nose dive, cigars are looked upon as sophisticated, an acquired taste similar to drinking fine wine or brandy. Unfortunately, no media hype can change the facts that cigars are dangerous to your health and even more dangerous to others.
There are several factors that make the secondhand smoke from cigars even unhealthier than that of the secondhand smoke from cigarettes. The first is due to the way cigars are smoked. Cigar smoke is not inhaled deeply by the smoker; rather it is drawn mostly into the mouth and exhaled. Because there is less smoke filtered by the smoker’s lung, there is more secondhand smoke in the air around the cigar smoker.
Another factor in making a cigar’s secondhand smoke more dangerous than cigarettes is the way cigars are packaged. Cigarettes are tightly rolled in non-porous paper so that the smoke doesn’t escape into the air when a smoker takes a drag. Cigars, on the other hand, are rolled loosely so that they may burn longer. But this also causes unfiltered smoke to be constantly put into the air, even while the smoker puffs on the cigar.
The packaging itself is also a problem. Tobacco smoke contains many harmful substances such as tar, arsenic and other irritants. Cigar wrappers are also made from tobacco and add a few more chemicals to the mix through the wrapper’s fermentation and flavoring process. This is especially true of the flavored cigars that are chemically treated to taste like cherries or vanilla or licorice.
Finally the most obvious reason why cigar secondhand smoke is more dangerous than cigarettes is their size. Cigars are longer and fatter than cigarettes and are made to last longer, therefore they emit much more smoke. Cigars are also often smoked in a smoking room with several people smoking at the same time, which makes sitting in these rooms especially harmful to your health.
If you smoke cigars, please be aware of the smoke you create around you and try to smoke only in well ventilated rooms. Despite the glamorous appeal of cigars, they are still a dangerous habit to yourself and those around you.

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