Is cigarette lighting on candles really unhealthy?

Many smokers warn against lighting their cigarettes with candles because it is said to be extremely unhealthy. But is that really the truth or just a myth?

The claim

There are all kinds of wild theories that explain the dangers of a candle flame. Many believe that the wax particles are harmful to health, others see the ingredients in the wick or candle smoke as the culprits.

There is also the legend that a sailor always dies when you light his cigarette on a candle. Again, it is not clear where this theory came from. The best known explanation is that the mariners earned their money by selling matches. But if the cigarettes were lit with a candle, this was a loss of earnings for the sailor, who in the worst case had to starve and eventually died.

The truth

Many studies have shown that candles and their combustion products are not close to the pollutant concentration of a single cigarette. Nevertheless, when buying candles you should always make sure that they are provided with a seal of quality and are not covered with acrylic paints.

Even with cheap figurine candles, where the outer layer does not burn with, you should be careful because they may contain flame retardants whose vapors are bad for your health.


Smokers do not really care how they light their cigarettes. After all, smoking is so unhealthy with nicotine, tar, condensate and other poisonous substances that are inhaled that a candle does not make it much unhealthier.

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