Statistics show that cigarette smoking kills an estimated 443,000 individuals every day and thousands of people suffer injuries from tobacco-related activities such as smoking cigars and second-hand cigar smoke.
Tobacco use is considered as the single most preventable cause of illness, disability, and death in the US according to the records of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Federal Warning Labels: Cigars
Cigar smoking is detrimental to human health that federal law compels warnings on each pack of cigars. The warnings are aimed at cigar smoking and tobacco hazards.
Cigar warnings are as follows:
- Cigar Smoking Can Cause Cancers of the Mouth and Throat, even if you do not Inhale
- Tobacco Smoke Increases The Risk of Lung Cancer and Heart Disease, Even in Non-Smokers
- Tobacco Use Increases the Risk of Infertility, Stillbirth, and Low Birth Weight
- Cigars Are Not a Safe Alternative to Cigarettes
- Cigar Smoking Can Cause Lung Cancer and Heart Disease
Cigar Smoking Dangers
While smoking impairs almost all of the organs in the body, especially the lungs and heart, cigar smoking is linked to cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, and other oral cancers. Cigar smoke also increases an individual’s risk for coronary artery disease, acute obstructive pulmonary disease or breathing problems. Cigar is a hazard to the user’s voice box, esophagus, and mouth.
Smoking can kill more people than the alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, AIDS, suicides, and murders, combined with the thousands of people who are dying from chewing Tobacco.
Cigars can have a higher dose of cancer-causing substances compared to cigarettes. Its high concentrations of cancer-causing nitrosamines which are produced during the fermentation process for cigar tobacco. These compounds are then released when the cigar is smoked. Nitrosamines are at higher concentrations in cigar smoke compared to cigarette smoke. Cigar smoke also has more tar compared to cigarette smoke.
The following toxins are found in cigar smoke:
- Carbon monoxide
- Hydrogen cyanide
- Volatile aldehydes
These cancer-causing substances, also called as carcinogens, are also found in cigar smoking:
- Aromatic amines, particularly carcinogens like 2-naphthylamine and 4-aminobiphenyl
- Vinyl chloride
- Ethylene oxide
- Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons
Cigar smoking raises your risk for various cancers such as
- Lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer (the esophagus refers to the tube that connects your mouth to the stomach)
- Oral cancers on the lips, throat, tongue, and the mouth
- Voice box or the larynx
These substances in the cigar smoke are detrimental, not only to the smokers but also to the second-hand smokers who inhale smoke from cigars.
Some studies have concluded that cigar smoking increases the smokers’ risks of dying early from heart disease.
A study has compared cigar smokers to non-smokers and results of the study show that cigar smokers who inhaled cigars “deeply”:
- Have 7 times more of chances to die from oral cancer
- Have 3 times chances of dying from pancreatic cancer than the non-smokers
- Have 4 times more chances of dying from bladder cancer than non-smokers
- Have 39 times more chances of dying from cancer of the larynx or voice box
Medical Treatment Costs for Injuries Caused by Smoking Cigars
The costs for medical treatment from tobacco-related injuries due to smoking cigars and the ongoing healthcare costs of treating cigar-caused cancers, coronary artery disease, and acute obstructive pulmonary disorder are truly overwhelming. Many of these tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancer are fatal and they get worst in due time.
The costs of getting treatment and intensive medical care can be financially devastating from smokers and their families.
The physical injury is just one of the many smoking-related traumas. The mental traumas that cigar smoking suffer from cancers caused by Tobacco can be significant and costly.
Cigar Smoking Injuries and Your Legal Rights
If you or any of your loved ones are suffering from smoking-related injuries from cigars, you may be entitled to compensation for present and future expenses and some special legal damages.
Some of the legal factors the layer can review and discuss with you are as follows:
- If you and your loved ones may receive some compensation for present and future medical and treatment expenses;
- If injuries from cigar smoking can give you good chances of recovering damages for the pain and suffering you are or have been suffering;
- If you or your loved ones can have good chances of recovering from lost wages of work and other personal expenses due to smoking cigars.
Cigar Smoking Injuries and Getting Legal Help
As the US government’s National Cancer Institute considers that cigar smoke is more toxic than the cigarette smoking, the cigar smokers should be aware of their legal rights if they are injured or hurt by smoking.
If you or any of your loved one suffered an injury or diseases that might have caused by cigar smoke, you must consult your doctor.
Then, you can possibly visit an experienced lawyer to discuss your legal options and your rights to a legal treatment for any harm caused by the cigar tobacco.