Smoking. Nobody argues that it’s good for you. But, maybe just one or two? Every once in a while?
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have published a study that shows no level of cigarette smoking is safe.
- Results showed that people who consistently smoked an average of less than 1 cigarette per day had a 64% higher risk of dying earlier than people who had never smoked.
- Those who smoked 1 to 10 cigarettes a day had an 87% higher risk of dying earlier than people who never smoked.
- People who consistently smoked an average of less than 1 cigarette per day had 9 times the risk of dying from lung cancer as people who had never smoked.
- Those who smoked 1 to 10 cigarettes a day had 12 times the risk of dying from lung cancer as people who never smoked, as well as significantly higher risks of death from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Well, what about e-cigarettes?
According to a new report from the US Surgeon General, electronic cigarette use has grown 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, about 1 in 6 high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.
No matter how it's delivered, nicotine is harmful for youth and young adults, according to the Surgeon General.
While nicotine is highly addictive at any age, it is especially dangerous for youth and young adults. The harmful effects include reduced impulse control, lowered ability to learn and pay attention, increased mood disorders, and higher risk of addiction to other forms of tobacco and drugs.
E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine as well as other chemicals that are known to damage health. For example, users risk exposing their respiratory systems to potentially harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes.
Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.
Just as there is no safe level of smoking, there is also no safe form of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.