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Many ex cigarette smokers are cigar smokers and try to convince themselves that this is a safe way to smoke, because they don't inhale. In fact almost all cigar smokers who were cigarette smokers do inhale. Cigar smokers who never were cigarette smokers tend not to inhale. Cigar smoking whether you inhale or not is still as damaging to your heath as any other form of tobacco use, there may be somewhat less risk of lung cancer, however there is no decreased risk of many other types of cancer, if you inhale a few other cancer types are added to list.
We are exposed to a great numbers of advertising messages each day that try to glamorize tobacco use. To balance message read 1964 Surgeon General Report on smoking this was first real indication to public that there were dire risks associated with tobacco use. At time this report was published about 70% of U.S. adult population were smokers, smoking was depicted in movies and on television, in ads, on billboards, and glamorized in any way possible.
What changes have we seen?
There are fewer movies and television shows that promote smoking as blatantly as before.
There are fewer ads that promote smoking.
There are health warnings on cigarette packs, smokeless tobacco containers, pipe tobacco containers, however not on cigars.
The places that you can smoke are far fewer. most workplaces, many bars and restaurants, theatres, airplanes, buses.
Are these and many other changes and restrictions working?
About 23% of US adult population now smokes, this is down from about 70% in 1965.
However there is still much that needs to be done, many high school and college students still smoke and many are starting everyday, with information that is available today it simply amazes me that these otherwise intelligent persons are still smoking.
Resources for more information:
Smoking 101 Fact Sheet American Cancer Society
Tobacco Hurts Everyone Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)
Action on Smoking and Health QuitNet
What's So Bad About Tobacco? Smokefree America
American Lung Association No Smoke Software
To Your Health,
Jimmie Newell is the webmaster for http://www.ToYourHealth101.com, a health & wellness website, featuring editorials, tips, information and links addressing many of the health issues of today.