When you are considering quitting smoking cigarettes, you will often grasp at any straw not to have to contemplate the rest of your life without nicotine. I know, because I’ve been there. So if you are stopping smoking cigarettes, you will convince yourself that it’ll be OK because you’ll still be allowed the odd cigar once in a while.
In fact, smoking cigars is just as dangerous for your health as smoking cigarettes. It’s only saving grace is that in most cases it is not possible to chain smoke cigars, so you will not be smoking just as many cigars as you were smoking cigarettes.
The cigar smoke is not usually inhaled, but rather tasted in the mouth. Of course, as a ex-smoker of cigarettes, you will have the need to inhale the smoke, which is far from ideal, as cigar smoke is much, much raunchier, stronger and more potent than cigarette smoke. This is the first way in which cigars as just as damageable to the health of an ex-cigarette smoker.
While cigarette smoking is known to contribute directly to lung cancer and emphysema, cigar smoking is linked with mouth cancer, throat cancer as well as cancer of the tongue, none of which are pleasant alternatives to lung cancer.
It is clear that society has developed a long-overdue intolerance for cigarette smoking, and that smoking the cigar is very much included in that intolerance, only more so. The strong smell of cigar is extremely offensive to non-smokers, and will not get you a free pass in society!
Smoking cigars is just as harmful to your health as smoking cigarettes; the smoke is more potent, and although it theoretically attacks a different part of your breathing apparatus, its powerful harmful effect will soon be felt. Do not quit smoking cigarettes only to rely on the very doubtful crutch of smoking cigars. They are not a viable option to stopping smoking cigarettes, and will make you a social outcast even faster than smoking cigarettes did.