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Smoking and Tobacco

Black and Mild pipe cigars

09/22/2006

Question:

Do black and mild pipe cigars put holes in your heart?

Answer:

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.

Tobacco smoke in general causes constriction to the blood vessels, (resulting in less blood flow to the heart and other organs), increases blood pressure and heart rate, and over time forms plaque around the blood vessels, further decreasing blood flow to the heart and other organs.

Good websites to refer to are:

The American Heart Association: www.americanheart.org

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.")

For more information:

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Response by:

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