Cigars Not Safe ... Heart and Lung Disease and Cancer

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was rarely photographed without a cigar in his hand. Freud developed leukoplakia, a white patch, in his mouth and then cancer of the soft palate.

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine provides new evidence that cigar smoking may not have been good for Dr. Freud. It confirms that cigar smoking increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and lung, coronary heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (COPD is a blanket term that covers the progressive lung diseases emphysema and chronic bronchitis.)