Doctors in the house - Cigar smoking

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arcenite

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So I've recently discovered cigar smoking. I've only done it once in the past 3 months and am trying to figure out at what kind of interval is it ok to have a cigar, or should I just quit while I am ahead?

For the record, every once in a while, Scotch + Cigar = super relaxed mode

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From what I've read there is no correlation between cancer rates and casual smoking (like once a week or less). However there is a correlation between casual smoking and tobacco addiction, so be careful.
 

se7en

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Once in a while I cant see doing much damage as with most things in moderation.
 

JohnCU

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Originally posted by: arcenite
Originally posted by: JohnCU
sup bill? i say it's fine.

What's going on man... when's the next ATOT get together?

in august, not really broadcasting it too much, condo is already full
 

Gibsons

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Originally posted by: GodlessAstronomer
From what I've read there is no correlation between cancer rates and casual smoking (like once a week or less). However there is a correlation between casual smoking and tobacco addiction, so be careful.

The theory is that at very low levels like that, the gazillion or so repair mechanisms can compensate.

Your typical pack-o-day types exceed the ability of the repair machinery, thus leading to a much higher than average mutation rate and therefore a higher risk of cancer.

Been a while since I looked at the data, but IIRC, the total risk of cancer from cigars was lower than with cigarettes. Obviously, cigars are associated with mouth/gum/pharynx cancers but not so much lung cancers.
 
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Just out of curiosity, can you become addicted to cigar smoking? Seems to me that if you're not inhaling then the nicotine isn't reaching your bloodstream (or is at much smaller quantities).
 

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Originally posted by: GodlessAstronomer
Just out of curiosity, can you become addicted to cigar smoking? Seems to me that if you're not inhaling then the nicotine isn't reaching your bloodstream (or is at much smaller quantities).

Bill Clinton?
 

BoomerD

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I've read more than once that the average cigar contains more nicotine and tars than 70 cigarettes.

If that's accurate, then as long as you don't inhale, <insert appropriate Bill Clinton joke> then you have little to no chance of lung cancer except from perhaps inhaling "2nd-hand smoke...even from your own cigar in the room...HOWEVER cigar smokers do have an increased chance of mouth/throat cancers...so that's always something to keep in mind. One here and there...shouldn't be much of a problem though. This kind of thing affects regular cigar smokers far more than the casual "one every 2-3 months" kind of smoker.

Myself, I LIKE a good cigar now and again...but I inhale...no sense in letting all that wonderful tobacco-y goodness just go up in smoke. :D
 

Gibsons

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Originally posted by: GodlessAstronomer
Just out of curiosity, can you become addicted to cigar smoking? Seems to me that if you're not inhaling then the nicotine isn't reaching your bloodstream (or is at much smaller quantities).

AFAIK, yes, nicotine is absorbed readily in the mouth. There's also delivery from the end of the cigar sitting there in the mouth, much like chewing tobacco. I don't know numbers, but expect that cigarettes deliver more/better.
 
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