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Cigars and Heart Disease

by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD
Posted: February 21

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine by the American Cancer Society showed that cigar smokers have a 30 % increase in death rate before age 75.

The authors showed that cigar smokers who smoked more than 2 cigars per day or who inhaled had a higher risk for increased death.

This gives new meaning to the oft made comment by a cigar smoker, “but I don’t inhale…..” This study and others debunk the notion that cigar smoking is safer than cigarettes. Even the surgeon general was wrong when he reported (in 1983) that “cigars do not substantially increase the risk of heart disease”.

He must have been smoking those big Cuban cigars that were being passed around by lobbyists in Washington, DC.

Excerpt from the book: Everything Is Bad For Your Heart: The A to Z Guide, Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD. Magalhaes Scientific Press

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