Both cigars and cigarettes are tobacco products, meaning that they contain tobacco. However, there are several major differences between these products. Yet, no matter if you choose cigars or cigarettes, you should be aware of the considerable health risks you expose your health to, including various tumors and heart diseases.
Cigar is much larger in size than the average cigarette, so it needs longer to smoke. Cigars, including the filtered cigars are made of fermented and aged tobacco, sometimes mixed with dips and flavorings. All cigars generally contain just one sort of tobacco. Cigar smoke is not inhaled, in contrast to cigarette smoke.
Cigarettes usually contain a mix of several sorts of tobacco, which is named Cigarette Blend; at the same time tobacco used in cigarettes is not processed with application of ageing or fermentation technologies.
In addition, cigars are usually thicker than cigarettes, being nearly an inch wide and 5 inches long (there also exist longer, or shorter cigars). It generally takes 40-60 minutes to smoke a cigar, in comparison to cigarettes, which need nearly 2-3 minutes, and small cigars, which take 5-7 minutes.
Cigars can differ in the amounts of tobacco, but on the average, cigars contain nearly the same quantity of tobacco as in 6-7 cigarettes.
A “full-flavored” cigarette contains 10-12mg of nicotine, while “low-nicotine” cigarettes can comprise even 1mg of nicotine(such brands include Parliament One, Winston White and many others).
In contrast, cigars contain up to 200mg of nicotine per one cigar, while small cigars contain 50-100mg of nicotine. Nicotine is widely-known chemical substance, which makes smokers addicted to the habit.
Though cigars contain much more nicotine and tobacco than cigarettes, cigar smoking poses fewer risks to health since cigar smoke is not inhaled to the lungs, but smoked in the mouth and then exhaled back into the air, while cigarette require inhaling.
In accordance with the numbers, provided by the American Lung Association, adult cigarette smokers account for 87 percent of the lung cancer patients. In addition, cigarette smokers are as well five times more likely to develop different types of lung cancer during their life than non-smokers. Studies show that cigarettes contain nearly 60 cancer causing substances.
As regards cigars, smokers of cigars are 4 times less likely to develop lung cancer than cigarette smokers, but are under the same risk of developing oral cancer. Since cigars need more time to smoke, the exposure to environmental tobacco smoker is higher for a cigar smoker in comparison to cigarette smoker.