A new report released by the Surgeon General confirms something that’s long been suspected:
any exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is hazardous.
There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful.
Damage occurs immediately, causing toxins to travel to every organ in the body. Smoking is linked to 85 percent of all lung cancers and nearly a third of all cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
There is no such thing as a “safe” cigarette or safe level of exposure. Heart disease, stroke, permanent damage to the lungs in the form of COPD, a weakened immune system… the list of damage that smoking or second-hand smoke causes is long and pretty scary.
If you do smoke, how about making a resolution this New Year’s to give quitting a shot? It might take several attempts, but there are many programs, support groups, and methods that are known to work – from weekly meetings to nicotine patches provided by city or state health departments.
Most cities and counties offer their own local programs – call the health department in your area or 1-800-QUIT-NOW to get started on the road to better health this new year’s.
Following are some additional links to organizations and programs that can help:
QuitNet (find a local program in their database)