Friday, July 17, 2015

What are the effects of smoking just one cigarette a day?

Because of the addictive nature of nicotine, very few people are able limit themselves to "just one". But even "just one" has health consequences. The physical effects of just one cigarette: Your blood pressure increases. Your heart rate increases. Your bronchial tubes constrict making your lungs work harder. The amount of carbon monoxide in your system doubles and prevents oxygen from reaching your vital organs. The temperature of your hands and feet decrease.

The disease profile of habitual smoking includes: cancer, heart disease, stroke, COPD, diabetes, and the list goes on. 

With cancer, the risk of developing a tumor is dose related. So the more you smoke, the longer you smoke, the more likely you would develop cancer. It does NOT mean that you wouldn't get cancer from smoking just one a day, since there are 69 carcinogens in tobacco smoke and there is no safe minimum level of exposure. 

The diathesis-stress model takes into account individual vulnerabilities such as faulty genes. Exposure to intense stress will affect people differently. Some are resilient, while others are not. This can be due to many different  biological factors. If a person with an existing genetic deflect, any exposure could potentially lead to cancer.  There are many people who don't smoke who develop cancer, so why risk it?

However, the risk of heart disease is not dose related. Studies show that between 50% to 80% of the damage to the cardiovascular system happens with the first 3 to 5 cigarettes smoked, especially in someone who has any risk factors for heart disease, which are:
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having a family history of early heart disease
  • Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Age (55 or older for women)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

FREE: Guide to help you quit smoking

Even if you're not ready to quit yet, get my book, "How to Win at Quitting Smoking" since it will only be available for FREE until July 5th, on Amazon Kindle. You don't need a Kindle since you can read it on your computer. Share with any friends or family who smoke and help me reach my goal of giving away 500 FREE copies. Don't wait, only 3 more days for this FREE offer.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Teens reacting to old cigarette ads and comparing them to current ad for e-cigarettes.

Click here to see teens reacting to old cigarette ads

Cigarette commercials have been banned from TV since the 1970's. While the first health reports of harm from smoking came in the early 1950's, it wasn't until 1964 with the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking that it became widely known that smoking caused lung cancer.

For many years there were no restrictions on tobacco advertising and the tobacco companies made many claims that have since been shown to be either false or an outright lie. Is the same thing happening now with e-cigarettes? There are currently no restriction on e-cigarette advertising and the manufacturers of e-cigarettes are making many claims that at this time we don't know whether they are true or not.

The question is should e-cigarettes have the same restrictions on advertising as cigarettes? Should their claims need to proven? Do we need to wait for another 20 years before seeing the harmful effects from vaping? Let me know what you think.