I’ve Never Smoked in my Life, Ever

I’ve Never Smoked in My Life, Ever,”

… said former Defensive tackle, now midday radio show host for Chicago’s ESPN1000John Jurkovic (Jurko) as he puffed on his cigar.  John Jurkovic (Jurko) as he bit down on his cigar.

I’ve never smoked in my life, ever— was Jurkovic’s bold statement that created the hilarious digression from the show’s original topic which was debating what the Bears would look like had they drafted Tom Brady.

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The statement made by Jurkovic triggered not only wild laughter from the show’s hosts Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman, but it also triggered an interesting debate. Listen here starting from the 27-minute mark to hear the intriguing digression.

What prompted everyone on set to burst out laughing was Jurkovic’s statement in conjunction with the lit cigar he held in his hands. Jurkovic’s statement seemed to attach the act of smoking strictly to cigarettes. In saying that he’s never smoked in his life while enjoying a cigar leads us to believe that smoking a cigar isn’t really smoking, yes? No? Maybe so?

While Waddle described cigars as being a pack of cigarettes rolled up into a longer, bigger cigarette, Jurkovic defended his statement by holding up his cigar and asking, “how many chemicals are inside this?” Waddle and Silverman responded by saying that cigars have some chemicals contained within, but not as many as cigarettes. Jurkovic adamantly disagreed with this assessment and firmly retorted by saying cigars come from Mother Earth and contain no chemicals.

But do they? Is Jurkovic correct in his assessment? Are cigars 100 percent safer than cigarettes?

According to the Mayo Clinic, cigar smoking isn’t safer than cigarette smoking— even if you don’t intentionally inhale the smoke. The CDC says, cigars contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds found in cigarettes and also affirm that cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.

Like cigarette smoking, cigar smoking exposes you to nicotine, the substance that can lead to tobacco dependence. A single full-size cigar can contain nearly as much nicotine as does a pack of cigarettes and the Mayo Clinic warns of very similar risks associated with the use of both.

The FDA adds that young adults may think cigars are less addictive and present fewer health risks than cigarettes, but cigars may actually be worse as they can deliver as much as 10 times the nicotine, 2 times the tar and more than 5 times the carbon monoxide of a filtered cigarette.

In a 2007 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology, the tobacco industry has acknowledged using 599 different cigarette additives. See the full list here.

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Andrew Figgs

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.

  • evan says:

    what an idiot! A cigar is just as bad for you. My friend’s dad smoked cigars all the time and sometimes it actually smelled worse that traditional cigarettes! He also had gross cigar stain on tips of his lips. Ugghh

  • Todd says:

    My grandfather always smoked cigars and wound up with emphysema, certainly not a healthy alternative lol.

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