A recent study conducted at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, showed that, compared with non-smokers, cigar smokers have:
Ø 27% higher risk of heart disease.
Ø 45% higher risk of lung disease (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
Ø Twice the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, and lung.
Some cigar smokers were found to face a risk of mouth and throat cancer nearly 8 times that of similar non-smokers.
None of the men in the study had ever smoked cigarettes. 76% of the cigar smokers smoked 5 or fewer cigars in a day.
Source: American Council on Science and Health, June 11, 1999