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 significantly 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.
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