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Many people believe that cigar and pipe smoking are relatively safe compared with cigarette smoking. When compared with cigarette smokers, however, cigar smokers are just as likely to develop cancer of the mouth, throat and larynx. The basic rule of thumb about tobacco smoke is that the cancer tends to develop where the smoke is held the longest, hence the equal risk regarding these three types of cancer. While it is true that cigarette smokers are more likely than cigar smokers to develop lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, cigar smokers are at many times greater risk for these diseases than people who do not use tobacco.