Have you seen the recent new headline: Surgeon General Issues Latest Warning: Tobacco Smoke Exposure Not Safe in Any Amount?
Statistics highlight how one in five Americans are first-hand smokers. Whether these smokers have one cigarette a week, or an entire pack a day, the poisonous effects of cigarette smoke does not discriminate.
There are millions of others who are exposed to second-hand smoke, whether regularly or irregularly. These people are also at equal risk to the poisonous effects of tobacco smoke.
The Surgeon General stresses that no amount of cigarette smoke is safe for anyone.
Surgeon General’s Warning
For over 45 years the Surgeon General has been issuing strong warnings about the consequences of smoking and tobacco exposure. In the latest release, the Surgeon General warns against any and all exposure to tobacco smoke: whether a smoker or a second-hand bystander, no level of smoke is considered safe.
Social smokers often consider their habit “safer” because their exposure is limited to a cigarette here and there. Not so, claims the Surgeon General. Cigarette smoke immediately travels from the cigarette, into the lungs, and into the blood stream.
The toxins then attack the blood vessels, causing them to narrow, and even encourages clotting of the blood. This increases the person’s chance of heart attack or stroke.
Immediate Effects of Cigarette Smoke
There are numerous deadly effects of smoking on the body. Specific immediate effects pointed out by the Surgeon General include:
- The blood pumped through the body carries the toxins from the tobacco to every organ, thus affecting every organ’s functioning.
- The tobacco smoke’s toxins affect the body’s DNA, leading to different types of cancers.
- The functions of the lungs are affected by the tobacco smoke’s poisons, leading to COPD.
While smoking for longer periods of time will increase the negative effects of smoking, no cigarette—not even one, and not even second-hand smoke—is a safe amount to be exposed to.
The Only Solution: Prevention
No matter how long a person has been smoking, quitting is the best thing that can be done to stop the poisoning and toxic effects of cigarettes on the body. Quitting at any stage gives your health a boost.
Reference: “Surgeon General: One Cigarette is One Too Many” by Lauran Neergaard