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Cigars and pipes
Although women don't smoke cigars and pipes as much as men, recent data show that cigar smoking is a serious public health problem, especially among young people. Many people think that cigars and pipes are safer than cigarettes, but this is not true. Even if you don't inhale, you're still at higher risk for oral and throat cancers. Cigar and pipe smokers also have higher rates of lung cancer and heart disease than nonsmokers.
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Cigar Smoking (Copyright © American Cancer Society) — The fact sheet describes what cigars are, the recent trends in their use, and the possible health effects they may have on the people who smoke them and those around them.
Cigars (Copyright © American Lung Association) — Cigars might seem glamorous or cool, but they threaten your health. this web page sets the record straight with facts about the dangers of cigars.
Cigars: Fact Sheet — Using findings from recent clinical studies, this fact sheet describes the health risks, current use estimates, and other important information about cigar smoking.
What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer — This booklet was created to help patients and their families better understand oral cancer. Included is information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancer. Definitions of selected medical terms and resource information are also provided.
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American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
National Cancer Institute, NIH
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH
Smokefree Women, CDC and NCI, NIH, HHS
State of Tobacco Control
Content last updated May 19, 2010.
Resources last updated May 19, 2010.
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