Is it true that if I smoke light cigarettes, cigars or pipes, I do not run any health risks?
The term "light" applied to cigarettes is misleading. In fact, the damage to health that can result from the consumption of this type of cigarettes, as well as from the use of cigars or pipes, are anything but light and do not differ significantly from the damage caused by any other type of smoking.
The idea that "light" cigarettes do less harm often leads to smoking a greater number. Some research has also shown that those who use light cigarettes inhale harder and longer, thus increasing nicotine and other levels. harmful substances in the blood.
In light of these considerations, the European Union, in 2003, imposed the elimination of "light" from packages. However, there are still characteristics of the package, such as light or muted colors, which mislead the consumer, leading to believe you are smoking a less harmful product.
Even those who do not inhale tobacco smoke, because they are cigar or pipe smokers, are far from being free from serious health risks. Mouth cancers, for example, are strongly associated with cigar and pipe smoking. , when possible, it can be extremely invasive and painful. In Italy, this tumor represents, globally, 4% of all malignant tumors in men and 1% of those in women. The 5-year mortality rate is over 70% and is slowly but steadily increasing in all ages.
In summary, it can be said, without fear of being proven wrong, that there is no such thing as a "safe" smoke.
1. Available on the website: Ministry of Health
2. Available on the website: Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC)