Research: Pipes, cigars no less dangerous than cigs

February 15, 2010 1:48:23 PM PST
Pipes and cigars are generally regarded as less dangerous than cigarette smoking. But health officials are warning consumers not to be fooled.

New research in the Annals of Internal Medicine links pipe and cigar smoking to increases in chronic lung diseases.

Of the 3,500 smokers in the study, most had double the risk of chronic bronchitis or emphysema, otherwise know as COPD.

Health officials want smokers to know tobacco smoke carries the same toxins no matter what form it comes in.