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March 9, 2016

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What You Need to Know About Cigars
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Here is What You Need to Know Before You Pick Up a Cigar

In a survey given to students at 119 colleges nationwide, the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that 23% of college students reported they had smoked a cigar in the last year, while 9% said they were current cigar users.

Most college students assume that cigars are not as harmful to your health as cigarettes are. Now that there is a smaller version of the cigar available, it is becoming even more appealing to the younger population.

THE TRUTH ABOUT CIGARS

  • Cigars contain tobacco.
  • The nicotine in cigars is absorbed through the lungs just as quickly as the nicotine in cigarettes.
  • Cigars can become addictive.
  • Cigar smoking increases your risk for many different cancers such as, lung, lip, and throat cancer.
  • A large cigar can contain just as much tobacco as a whole pack of cigarettes.
  • They do not have a filter, so the smoke can be very harsh to inhale.
  • Cigars contain a high amount of a cancer-causing substance called nitrosamines.
  • The use of cigars has shifted from middle-aged, higher-class men to teens and young adults.
  • Cigar smoke creates very harsh second-hand smoke that can harm those around you.

The bottom line here is that contrary to popular belief, cigar smoking is just as harmful as cigarette smoking. It is important to know how you are damaging your health before you take another puff. 

We understand that college is a time that you want to experiment and try new things. However, tobacco use is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. Cigar smoking is something you choose to do, so please choose to say no to tobacco.

For more information about the use of cigars visit the American Cancer Society

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