Light smoking can lead to heavy damage
About one quarter of smokers claim they only have a few cigarettes a day or smoke occasionally.
But the tragic effects of smoking aren’t just reserved for the pack-a-day-plus smoker. “Social” smokers run the risk of major damage with every cigarette they smoke. In fact, it’s been found that smoking just one to four cigarettes per day signi cantly increases the risk of death.
Health hazards associated with light or “social” smoking:
Heart disease due to high blood pressure and cholesterol-clogged arteries
Weakened arteries and risk of aneurysm
Premature death from cardiovascular disease
Lung, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic cancer
Respiratory tract infections
Fertility problems in both men and women
Slower recovery from injuries and increased frailty in older men and women
Increased risk of developing cataracts
Lower health-related quality of life
The bottom line is, just as there is no “safe” cigarette, there is no “safe” amount of smoking you can do to avoid the adverse effects of tobacco.
If you’re a social smoker, stop now — before it stops you.
The road to good health is yours to travel. But you don't have to do it alone. Whether you're managing a health condition or making changes in your life like quitting bad habits or getting in shape - we can help. Check out our new classes and resources below. Contact us to set personalized health and wellness goals and learn about the programs available to you.