A cigarette is a cylinder of cut tobacco leaves rolled in thin paper for smoking. They are manufactured out of cured and finely cut tobacco leaves and reconstituted tobacco, often combined with other additives. There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous (Source: American Lung Association).
Despite what you might have heard, cigar smoking isn’t safer than cigarette smoking — even if you don’t intentionally inhale the smoke. Like cigarette smoking, cigar smoking poses serious health risks, including: Cancer. All tobacco smoke contains chemicals that can cause cancer, and cigar smoke is no exception. Regular cigar smoking increases the risk of several types of cancers, including cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue, throat, esophagus, larynx and lung (Source: Mayo Clinic).
In pipes, the tobacco sits in a bowl at the end, and a stem connects the bowl to the mouthpiece. Another type of pipe, the water pipe, consists of a body filled with water, a bowl in which the tobacco is placed, and an attached tube and mouthpiece through which the pipe is smoked. Water pipes, or hookahs, originated in ancient Persia and India about 400 years ago and are still popular today. Hookahs are filled with fragrant tobaccos in a variety of flavors, such as cherry, apple, or mint. All tobacco smoke contains chemicals that can cause cancer, and pipe tobacco is no exception. Many people have the misconception that smoking a pipe doesn’t pose the same dangers as smoking cigarettes. However, the same harmful chemicals are present in both cigarette and pipe smoke. Smoking a pipe increases your risk for several types of cancer, heart disease, circulatory problems and lung disease (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In addition to the adverse health effects of smoking a pipe, you can still become addicted to nicotine, which is present in pipe tobacco.
How do the risks of using smokeless tobacco compare with cigarette smoking?Smokeless tobacco hurts and kills people all the same. Even though they are marketed as a less harmful alternative to smoking, smokeless products can be deadly. These products have not been proven to help smokers quit.
The Southwestern Regional Tobacco Coalition is a multi-county effort created to address the diverse issue of tobacco use in the southwestern health district of Pennsylvania.