Many people view cigar smoking as more sophisticated and less dangerous than cigarette smoking. The traditional cigar is quite large, but today, smaller cigars are much more popular – you can buy them almost anywhere. Except for the brown wrapper, many of these little cigars look just like cigarettes. So when we talk about cigars, we’re talking about 2 extremes: on one side is the traditional big cigar, and on the other is the small cigarette-like version. There are also sizes in between.
No matter the size, cigars are tobacco, and they are dangerous to your health. And like cigarettes, cigars give off secondhand smoke, which can fill a room for hours.
Tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. Tobacco use is an acquired behavior – it’s something that people choose to do. This makes smoking the most preventable cause of death in our society.
- How are cigars different from cigarettes?
- Who smokes cigars?
- What kinds of illness and death are caused by smoking cigars?
- What about secondhand cigar smoke?
- Are electronic cigars safe?
- Are there laws regulating cigars?
- What you can do
- To learn more