Posted by: audreybenenati | February 17, 2010

Cigars, Pipes No Safer Than Cigarettes

Smoking Cigars and Pipes Harm Lung Function and Lead to COPD, Study Finds

By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Feb. 16, 2010 — Switching from cigarettes to cigars or pipes isn’t going to do your lungs any favors. A new study suggests that pipe and cigar smoking may be more harmful than thought.

Researchers say cigarette smoking has declined in recent years, and pipe and cigar smoking have increased, partly because of a misperception that pipes and cigars are safer than cigarettes.

But the study shows that pipe and cigar smoking damages lung function in a manner similar to cigarettes and is associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a progressive disease that causes damage to the airways and makes it more difficult to breathe. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

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