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Health Agencies Update
May 20, 1998

Is a Cigar More Than a Cigar?

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JAMA. 1998;279(19):1513. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1513

While booming sales and magazines featuring glamorous and successful celebrities puffing away link cigars with "the good life," a recent study notes that the health effects are considerably less alluring.

A report released last month by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) notes that daily cigar smoking can cause cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, esophagus, and lung, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary heart disease. The NCI monograph,Cigars: Health Effects and Trends, provides the first extensive analysis of cigar smoking, which—after a 20-year decline—has risen 50% in the United States since 1993.

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