New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Some people believe cigars pose fewer health risks than cigarettes, but a new research suggests it isn't so. Cigars may be just as harmful and addictive, according to researchers, who add that small cigars have just as much if not more nicotine than cigarettes. The researchers analyzed the nicotine in smoke from popular brands of "small" or "filtered" cigars — cigars that are almost identical to cigarettes except they're wrapped in leaf tobacco instead of paper. The researchers found that the level of nicotine found in small cigar smoke is similar to or greater than cigarette smoke. The researchers compared the nicotine delivery in eight common brands of small cigars with two types of cigarettes commonly used in research. Nicotine was measured by first collecting the smoke from each cigar with a smoking machine in the laboratory, which "smoked" the product using two different methods to account for the different ways people smoke. Using the International Organization of Standardization method, the machine took two-second puffs every 60 seconds, with no filter vents blocked. With the Canada Intense (CI) method, the machine also took two-second puffs, but they were only 30 seconds apart, and the vents were blocked with tape. Nicotine was then extracted and analyzed from both groups. The researchers found that when the ISO method was used, the mean average nicotine delivered by the small cigars sampled was 1.24 milligrams per cigar, compared to 0.87 in cigarettes.
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