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Smoking and Tobacco

Black and Milds

01/08/2009

Question:

How bad is it if I smoke just 2 Black and Milds per week? Obviously the effects can`t be easily determined, but I`m jut looking for a general answer that could help me decide if i should continue

Answer:

There is no way to quantify your risk. Obviously Black and Milds are cigars rather than cigarettes and they deliver far more bad stuff: carinogens, carbon monoxide, nicotine, formaldehyde, etc., than regular cigarettes. But you are smoking fewer of them. I might liken it to jumping off a two- or three-story balcony versus jumping off a six-story balcony. It depends on how you hit. The question for you is ... do you really need this?

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University