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One or two cigars a week

03/15/2006

Question:

hello. i wanted to know if it would be bad for my health if i smoked 1 or 2 black and mild cigars a week. i want an honest answer asap thank you very much

Answer:

No amount of tobacco use is safe. Obviously, the more someone smokes, the greater the risk.

Black & Milds are pipe-tobacco cigars, look like mini cigars, and are filled with 100% pipe tobacco. The Surgeon General Warning that appears on the front of the package of 5 reads: "Cigars Are Not A Safe Alternative To Cigarettes." Cigars contain nicotine, and are addictive. How much nicotine someone actually gets depends not only on how much they smoke, but also how they smoke (how frequent and deep are their puffs).

The package also reads: "These Cigars Are Predominantly Natural Tobacco With Non-Tobacco Ingredients Added, " whatever that means. You would have to contact the producers of the product to find out the actual content, as it is not listed on the package:

John Middleton, Inc.
King of Prussia, PA 19406 U.S.A. 

Good websites to refer to are the American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org

(search for cigars)

AND

Surgeon General: www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco

(search for The Health Consequences of Smoking: a Report of the Surgeon General (5/27/2004); then search for the interactive animation, "The Health Consequences of Smoking on the Body.")

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Response by:

Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Formerly:
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University