Not to make light of the health consequences of cigar smoking, but the old rule about enjoying everything in moderation seems to apply.

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Besides, if smoking cigars brings relaxation or enjoyment, then it is providing a mental health benefit.

Tobacco is also believed to be an aid in controlling weight.

Stretching a bit further, cigar smoke can repel flying insects, and therefore, lower the risk of contracting St.

Louis encephalitis or the West Nile virus when enjoying the great outdoors.

By Gary Manelski Disclaimer: This piece has not been reviewed by a physician and information below may not be accurate.

For information on the risks of cigar smoking that has been reviewed by a physician, please see the health hazards associated with cigar smoking. Inhaling the smoke from cigarettes (and even cigars) on a daily basis can cause several types of cancer.

However, the health risks to the casual cigar smoker, who smokes no more than a few cigars per week and does not inhale, are not as significant. Long before all the research proved that it was dangerous to smoke, tobacco was actually used for medicinal purposes.

Although we now know that it will not cure cancer and other diseases, some cigar enthusiasts will argue that cigars can be smoked to relax, and therefore, lower the blood pressure.

However, since the jury is still out on occasional cigar smoking, the final decision about how much to smoke, if at all, is your own.