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Used cigarettesSmoking is bad for health. Rollies may come dressed in pretty colored wrappers and taste like vanilla, grape or cherry, but they’re still tobacco. Lots of people inhale cigars like cigarettes, which makes the risk of cancer even greater. And cigars often have much higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes, which makes them even more addictive. A recent study shows that smoking can be even more addictive when people start in their teens.

The truth is, people who start smoking in their teens are setting themselves up for a lifetime of health problems.
  • Cigar smokers are 10 times more likely than non-smokers to get cancer of the larynx and 4 times more likely to suffer from mouth cancer. The risk is even higher if you inhale.
  • The risk of heart disease for cigar smokers is 30% greater compared to non-smokers and the risk doubles if you inhale.
  • Inhaling cigar smoke increases the risk of chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • Bad breath, tooth decay and the inability to compete as strongly in sports are short-term health impacts of smoking.
  • Secondhand smoke from cigars contains a lot of the same toxic stuff that’s in cigarette smoke. These are the same chemicals that trigger heart attacks, and contribute to asthma and ear infections.

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