Sunday, February 21, 2010
Cigars, Pipes Damage Lungs Like Cigarettes
Smoking a pipe or cigar can damage your lungs even if you don't inhale, according to researchers who said that smokers are mistaken to believe that substituting one kind of tobacco use for another will protect their health.
WebMD reported Feb. 16 that researchers found that individuals who smoked cigars or pipes but not cigarettes were twice as likely as non-smokers to have decreased lung function, and were at higher risk of airflow obstruction. Pipe and cigar smokers also had increased levels of cotinine, a marker for nicotine exposure, in their blood.