Taking up cigars will not reduce cancer risk: study

The US FDA examined 22 studies, finding an increased risk of all-cause mortality even among people who exclusively smoked cigars and had never smoked other tobacco products.

“Cigar smoking is linked to fatal oral, oesophageal, pancreatic, laryngeal and lung cancers, as well as heart disease and aortic aneurysm,” lead researcher Cindy Chang said.

Smoking-related cancer deaths were elevated even among individuals who reported not inhaling cigar smoke.

Cigar smoking doubled in the US in the past decade while cigarette consumption has declined by 33% during the same period.