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Dangers of cigar smoking

Cigar smokers tend to smoke less often than cigarette smokers, and may think that their habit is a safe one. That's a mistake. Cigar tobacco contains more nitrate than cigarette tobacco, so the smoke it produces contains more nitrogen oxide, ammonia, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are especially cancer-causing. Cigar smoke is also absorbed more readily than cigarette smoke. …

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