What are the dangers of using:

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Snuff and Herbal tobacco?

Whatever you and I think about cannabis, it is against the law. That is why I have put cannabis under the heading of drugs rather than on this page. Actually, tobacco is a drug, but smoking it is not against the law (unless you are under age) so I have not put it on the drugs page. For that matter, tea and coffee are also considered as drugs.

Smoking cigarettes can cause:

  1. Bronchitis
  2. Emphysema
  3. Lung Cancer
  4. Heart disease

Smoking cigars can cause:

  1. Bronchitis
  2. Cancer of the mouth
  3. Heart disease

It is less likely to cause damage to the lungs because cigar smokers do not usually inhale very much smoke: it is too strong. They are less likely to “chain smoke”.

Smoking a pipe can cause:

  1. Bronchitis
  2. Cancer of the mouth or lips
  3. Heart disease

Again, the smoke can be very strong, so pipe smokers are less likely to inhale the smoke.

Taking snuff can cause:

  1. Cancer of the nose
  2. Heart disease

Smoking herbal tobacco can cause:

  1. Bronchitis
  2. Emphysema
  3. Lung cancer

You might have thought that herbal tobacco is safe. Well, it does not contain nicotine so that reduces the chances of getting heart disease, but there will still be tar in the smoke which can damage your lungs.

Most smokers are aware of the dangers of smoking. They may think that they have a right to smoke; after all, it is not against the law. Perhaps it is not so simple. When a smoker ends up in hospital needing treatment for emphysema, or lung cancer, their treatment costs money. The National Health Service is paid for out of our taxes. Their disease costs us money.