Is Pipe Smoking As Bad As Cigarettes?

Cigar and Pipe Smoking Just as Risky as Cigarettes

Cigar and pipe smokers often argue that their health isn’t at risk because they only smoke one or two a day and they don’t inhale.

Yet research shows that cigar and pipe smoking is every bit as dangerous as cigarette smoking, and possibly even more dangerous.

Is pipe smoking more dangerous than cigarettes?

Although the risk of dying from tobacco-associated diseases is lower for pipe smokers than for cigarette smokers, pipe smoking is as harmful as, and perhaps more harmful than, cigar smoking. All tobacco products cause excessive morbidity and mortality.

Is pipe smoking unhealthy?

The researchers reported, pipe smoking confers a risk of tobacco-associated disease similar to cigar smoking. Despite the data, the many dangers of pipe smoking have gone largely unreported. Early studies, when pipe use was more common, focused only on lung cancer and heart disease.

Do pipe smokers live longer?

Never smokers and quitters live longer than continuing smokers, and they also spend more years of life in better health. In summary, cigarette and cigar or pipe smoking reduces life expectancy and the number of disease‐free years of life.

Which cigarette is less harmful?

No. Many smokers chose so-called low-tar, mild, light, or ultralight cigarettes because they thought these cigarettes would expose them to less tar and would be less harmful to their health than regular or full-flavor cigarettes. However, light cigarettes are no safer than regular cigarettes.