If you didn’t catch the first episode of the Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That…you likely heard about it. It ends with John Preston, aka Mr. Big, dead from a heart attack.
Big lived a life of “weekly cigars” and steaks. But could those cigars really have played a role in his death? How bad are cigars?
Here are the facts you need to know.
Are cigars worse than cigarettes?
There has been more study into the health consequences of smoking cigarettes than smoking cigars, but there is enough strong evidence about the health problems caused by cigar smoking to say it is a substantial risk to health.
The smoke from cigars contains the same toxic chemicals as the smoke from a cigarette. Compounds in the smoke can cause cancer, heart disease, lung diseases as well as oral and dental disease, which has been linked specifically to cigar smoking.
All cigar smokers, whether or not they inhale, directly expose their lips, mouth, tongue, throat, and larynx to smoke and its toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. In addition, when saliva containing the chemicals in tobacco smoke is swallowed, the esophagus is exposed to carcinogens.
Another danger with cigar smoking is it can appear harmless to cigarette smokers looking to quit nicotine. This quote below from a member of our online EX Community shows just how sneaky cigar smoking can be to break a quit.
Is there nicotine in cigars?
Like cigarettes, cigars contain nicotine, the addictive ingredient in tobacco. In fact, a single full size cigar can contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
A cigar smoker can get nicotine by two routes: by inhalation into the lungs and by absorption through the lining of the mouth. Either way, the smoker becomes addicted to the nicotine that gets into the body.
Overcoming addiction to nicotine
So to answer the question, “how bad are cigars?,” here is our short response: Although the specific health effects from a single occasional cigar aren’t so clear, there is no safe form of tobacco, and the only safe level of cigar smoking is none at all.
This means even being a “weekly cigar” user like Big can put health at risk.