Bad news for cigar lovers: the Cubans are as harmful as cigarettes, if not even worse. A recent study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows that cigar smokers have more cancer-causing substances in their organisms than non-smokers. Cigar smokers may believe that because they do not inhale the smoke, the habit is not particularly dangerous for their health. But second-hand smoke can be as harmful as the smoke directly inhaled because smoke particles can find their way to the lungs even without inhalation.
“Cigar smoking exposes users to similar types of harmful and cancer-causing agents as cigarette smoking,” said lead author Jiping Chen, epidemiologist in the Office of Science at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products.