Two popular sources of tobacco smoke are the Black and Mild and Cigarettes (many brands). As a college student who quit smoking I went to search for factual information on the 2 most popular types of tobacco that I saw people smoke. I wanted to know:
- What’s inside the Stick?
- Which had more Nicotine
- Which has a greater chance of causing a disease like cancer.
For more info on smoking and cancer, see the difference between Tobacco and Marijuana.
A Black and Mild is a 4-6 inch cigar made of pipe tobacco rolled in a tobacco leaf. There is also a tip that may be wooden or plastic. Black and Milds are a type of cigar that is not meant to be inhaled. This is because the the type of nicotine it contains can be easily absorbed through the walls of your mouth similar to how a cough drop delivers medicine.
Modern cigarettes are typically filtered and contain processed tobacco and other additives wrapped in thin rolling paper. Cigarette smoke is inhaled into the lungs to deliver its nicotine.
Nicotine is naturally found in tobacco but many products on the market have extra nicotine added that will increase the likely hood of you purchasing the product again.
Chances of Getting Cancer
Whether you smoke Black and Milds or Cigarettes, the risk of tobacco smoke exposure are similar for all sources of tobacco smoke. The risks of developing disease symptoms depends on the intensity of your smoking habits.
People who smoke cigarettes typically smoke multiple cigarettes while users of Black and Milds smoke less frequently. This reflects the increased number of deaths caused by cigarette smoking in comparison to Black and Milds.
However, smoking Black and Milds is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Both may lead to diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, pancreatic cancer, many more diseases.
BOTH cigarettes and Black and Milds contain nicotine. Below is a comparison chart of the nicotine found in Black and Milds versus common cigarette products.[easytable caption=”2005 Tar,Nicotine, and Carbon Monoxide Report”] Product,Nicotine(mg)
Black And Mild,100-200
Newport 100 ,1.0
Camel 100 ,1.2
- Black and Milds have much nicotine than cigarettes
- Black and Milds keep the smoke in their mouth, while cigarette smoke is inhaled into the lungs
- Black and Mild smokers usually smoke less frequently. The pattern of smoking may reflect why cigarettes have a much high death rate.
- Cigarettes have a filter and thinner wrapping paper that reduces the amount of toxins your inhale in comparison to Black and Milds
Here are links to the studies conducted and referenced by the:
Credit to Nikita2706 for the picture of cigarettes.