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Surgeon general: 1 cigarette is 1 too many
Ass Press via Atlanta Urinal Constipation ^ | December 8, 2010 | LAURAN NEERGAARD

Posted on 12/09/2010 1:18:16 PM PST by upchuck

[This has been edited to fit within the excerpting guidelines.]

Think the occasional cigarette won't hurt? Even a bit of social smoking — or inhaling someone else's secondhand smoke — could be enough to block your arteries and trigger a heart attack, says the newest surgeon general's report on the killer the nation just can't kick.

Thursday's report says there's no doubt that tobacco smoke begins poisoning immediately — as more than 7,000 chemicals in each puff rapidly spread through the body to cause cellular damage in nearly every organ.

"That one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack," said Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. "I advise people to try to avoid being around smoking any way that you can."

...this newest report is unusual because it devotes more than 700 pages to detail the biology of how cigarette smoke accomplishes its dirty deeds — including the latest genetic findings to help explain why some people become more addicted than others, and why some smokers develop tobacco-caused disease faster than others.

There is no safe level of exposure to cigarette smoke, whether you deliberately inhale it or are a nonsmoker who breathes in other people's fumes, the report concludes. Nor is there evidence yet to tell if efforts to develop so-called safer cigarettes really will pan out.

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We're all gonna die!!!!!

Some of these claims are just over the top.

Hey Regina, name one person who died after smoking one cigarette.

1 posted on 12/09/2010 1:18:17 PM PST by upchuck
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To: upchuck
Hey Regina, name one person who died after smoking one cigarette.

Outside of a firing squad.

2 posted on 12/09/2010 1:20:50 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

Bamster is killing his daughters!


3 posted on 12/09/2010 1:22:45 PM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: upchuck

Right up there with AGW on the credibility scale.


4 posted on 12/09/2010 1:23:44 PM PST by samtheman
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To: upchuck

I couldn’t count how many people I’ve known who’d have lived to be 110 if smoking hadn’t cut their lives short at 70 or 80 or so.

For the record....I don’t. Filthy stinking disgusting legal habit, NOMB if you do.


5 posted on 12/09/2010 1:23:44 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Grammar police off-duty. But I saw what you did.)
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To: upchuck

I actually agree with the article in the same way I agree that just riding on one commercial airliner flight could get you killed in a plane crash.

I really abhor cigarette smoke, and strongly believe that second hand smoke is very harmful to cats. Studies have demonstrated this. But for humans, it is more of an annoyance. And yes, it annoys me a LOT.

But the risk of actual health complications is simply not supported by empirical evidence yet. And, as much as I dislike it, even “pack a day” smoking is not as dangerous as most people think. It would literally be more dangerous to eat a big mac every day than smoke a pack of cigarettes every day. It is DIET that is a more sure fire killer than smoking is.


6 posted on 12/09/2010 1:23:46 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: upchuck

I have never smoked. Really.

I think I’ll light one up tonight.


7 posted on 12/09/2010 1:24:00 PM PST by Never on my watch (This is a revolution d@mmit, we're going to have to offend SOMEbody! (Adams character - 1776))
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To: upchuck
I heard one bite of chocolate cake can trigger a heart attack.

And what about that Christmas eggnog? Oh, my!

8 posted on 12/09/2010 1:24:17 PM PST by what's up
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To: upchuck

I do not smoke, and I never have. I cannot stand the smell of cigarettes, but no one forces me to buy cigarettes or to smoke them. If I do not like to be around those that smoke, I can always leave. For me, this is a matter of personal liberty or freedom. Enough of the nanny state!


9 posted on 12/09/2010 1:24:37 PM PST by Nosterrex
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To: upchuck
Some of these claims are just over the top.

Claims like these, similar to Global Warming, lead to the further destruction of scientific credibility.

10 posted on 12/09/2010 1:24:46 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: upchuck
You can never have too many federal overseers micromanaging every aspect of your life.

No matter how deadly they are.

11 posted on 12/09/2010 1:25:23 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: upchuck

This is pure bunk and there are NO credible scientific studies to back this up. This so much reminds me of the propaganda that was used to get Prohibition passed which blamed very imaginable social problem and physical malady on the consumption of a single drop of liquor.


12 posted on 12/09/2010 1:25:42 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: upchuck

” name one person who died after smoking one cigarette. “

Every one of ‘em — eventually.....

(Full disclosure - I am a lifelong cigarette smoker, with, at age 62, bp of 110/65, and no history of heart problems.. When I kick-off, for whatever reason, I will go down in the Surgeon General’s ledger as a ‘smoking related’ death....)


13 posted on 12/09/2010 1:26:34 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
Filthy stinking disgusting legal habit, NOMB if you do.

My opinion also...

14 posted on 12/09/2010 1:26:35 PM PST by Never on my watch (This is a revolution d@mmit, we're going to have to offend SOMEbody! (Adams character - 1776))
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To: upchuck
I've cut back to just ONE beer a day...

15 posted on 12/09/2010 1:27:29 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: upchuck

...but cigars are still safe, right?

;-)


16 posted on 12/09/2010 1:28:30 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: upchuck

So, now one puff and they can take your kids away. Right? Or someone can sue you if you smoked in the same room with them and they later had a heart attack. It’s more than the nanny state, it’s going to be jack-booted thugs in lab coats.


17 posted on 12/09/2010 1:28:56 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: upchuck

Why are we still subsidizing tobacco farmers?


18 posted on 12/09/2010 1:29:06 PM PST by Old Seadog (Always do a little more than is expected, and someday .....it will be expected.)
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To: upchuck

Jerry: What happened to your face? It looks like an old catcher's mitt.

Kramer: Jerry, my face is my livelihood. Everything I have I owe to this face....Look away, I'm hideous.

19 posted on 12/09/2010 1:30:32 PM PST by earlJam
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To: Old Seadog

If it’s so deadly, BAN IT.
Otherwise, STFU.


20 posted on 12/09/2010 1:30:53 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: upchuck

If no one at FreeRepublic has started a “We’re All Gonna Die!” Ping List to notify us of alarmist articles, you should consider getting one going.

I’d certainly like to be on it. I love to read nanny-statist, crack-pot articles telling me how dangerous EVERYTHING is.


21 posted on 12/09/2010 1:31:40 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: upchuck
I categorically deny that smoking has ANY effect on the body


22 posted on 12/09/2010 1:32:01 PM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: upchuck

Should this be in Smokey Backroom?

I wonder if our Clown Sturgeon General thinks sex with HIV rampant but also with condoms is safer than secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke can be a health-endangering breathing irritant to some (not all) people, granted. I’d never suggest that a non smoker go hang out in smokey bars for the sake of his or her health. But it does not seem to occur to anyone that a little common courtesy between smokers and non smokers could solve 99.9% of the problems.


23 posted on 12/09/2010 1:32:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: JaneNC

He’s an un-fit father. He’s an ‘abuser’. He’s a MURDERER!!

;-)


24 posted on 12/09/2010 1:32:43 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: upchuck
"That one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack,"...

Tell that to your Boss, Regina.

BTW, how many puffs does it take to turn your lips purple?

25 posted on 12/09/2010 1:33:25 PM PST by Never on my watch (This is a revolution d@mmit, we're going to have to offend SOMEbody! (Adams character - 1776))
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To: upchuck

The surgeon general is tossing credibility out the window with this absurd claim.


26 posted on 12/09/2010 1:34:38 PM PST by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: upchuck

“Hey Regina, name one person who died after smoking one cigarette.”

Well, there was this guy at the firing squad. But I don’t think that nicotine was the cause of death. . .


27 posted on 12/09/2010 1:34:56 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (I *saw* November from my house.)
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To: Uncle Ike
Yes. You are correct.

The last time I checked, the mortality rate was still 100%.

Perhaps he should have written: "Name one person who has died as a result of smoking just one cigarette"?

28 posted on 12/09/2010 1:35:25 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: upchuck
"Say, Barack, I am worried about you buddy. You looked stressed. Say, hows about a Camel..."


29 posted on 12/09/2010 1:35:37 PM PST by mylife (Opinions ~ $1 Half Baked ~ 50c)
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To: Junior_G
Credibility and the Surgeon General parted ways under the Clinton administration.
30 posted on 12/09/2010 1:35:59 PM PST by Never on my watch (This is a revolution d@mmit, we're going to have to offend SOMEbody! (Adams character - 1776))
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To: crosshairs

...and she has SUCH a pretty voice, too...


31 posted on 12/09/2010 1:37:21 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: RobRoy

Genetic factors almost certainly can make a person more sensitive to smoking than the average. I believe I saw this happen in my mother’s family, in which the two non smoking siblings beat the life spans of the two smoking siblings by about two decades, and none of the deaths were due to manslaughter or accident. I always point this out to surviving members of my family when encouraging them not to smoke.

My father, interestingly enough, was one of the very few who had the will power to “take it or leave it.” I saw him smoke literally one cigarette a week, and that was at social events.


32 posted on 12/09/2010 1:39:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: upchuck

One encounter with your gay lover....oops maybe I’m not allowed to say that. Why isn’t homosexuality considered a dangerous life style?

One conversation with a progressive may cause your head to explode.

What next?


33 posted on 12/09/2010 1:40:08 PM PST by 30Moves
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To: what's up

I wish I had the same bad reaction to dark chocolate/almonds/nuts candy that I have to cigs.

Waiting on my once a year Sees candy gift and I can Smell it coming across state lines. ; )


34 posted on 12/09/2010 1:40:29 PM PST by Global2010 (PADRE PIO: PRAY,HOPE AND DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY)
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To: Never on my watch

Why don’t all the non-smokers just mind their own f’n business?


35 posted on 12/09/2010 1:40:57 PM PST by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting me.)
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To: upchuck

Of the people who get lung cancer, only 10% are smokers. And we’re living longer...so the studies make absolutely no sense.


36 posted on 12/09/2010 1:41:04 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: upchuck
I have shared the quote set forth below and some enjoyed it. With that in mind:

"I don’t want any of your statistics. I took your whole batch and lit my pipe with it. I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering out how much a man’s health is injured, and how much his intellect is impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course of ninety-two years indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner; etc. etc. etc. ...You never see but one side of the question. You are blind to the fact that most old men in American smoke and drink coffee, although, according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty old Englishing drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And you never try to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation and enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime, (and which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone) nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime by your kind of people from NOT smoking.” MARK TWAIN SAN FRANCISCO, 1865

37 posted on 12/09/2010 1:41:19 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I started smoking cigars about four years ago. I have one every two to four weeks at Lit, the cigar bar in the Snoqualmie casino on tuesday nights.


38 posted on 12/09/2010 1:41:35 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: JaneNC
Bamster is killing his daughters!

Child abuse in the White House!!!! Arrest him . . . he is a menace to society!!!!

39 posted on 12/09/2010 1:41:51 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; Never on my watch
NOMB if you do

I started smoking at 14. Was a 2-3 pack a day smoker for 40 years. I quit cold turkey (the only way to do it, IMHO) in 1999. Still have the last pack magneteted to my fridge.

Today I try and not be the smoking police. If someone wants to, fine w/ me. But I no longer like the smell.

40 posted on 12/09/2010 1:42:04 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: upchuck

Gads, the street should be littered with bodies. This is so ridiculous it’s hard to know where to begin.


41 posted on 12/09/2010 1:42:55 PM PST by livius
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To: upchuck
I shudder when a public physician makes such an asinine and totally irresponsible statement. This puts him and his office on the same spectral line as the snake oil salesmen. Both treat their customers/patients as being to dumb to have an educated opinion.

What an A**wipe.

42 posted on 12/09/2010 1:43:44 PM PST by Cyman
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To: HiTech RedNeck

To give an idea of how potent cigarettes can be, I was at a party back in ‘73 and we were passing a joint around. Well, someone rolled the ends of a cigarette to make it look like a joint and handed it to me. It was like a red-out only not in the good way. I almost passed out. I did puke my guts out, though.


43 posted on 12/09/2010 1:43:53 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Oh, and just to go on record, I smoked my last joint in 1977.


44 posted on 12/09/2010 1:44:23 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: upchuck

I tuned out these Substance Crisis Cretins PERMANENTLY about 20 years ago, when they threw their nonsensical, bullshit machine into high gear to spew the utter bilge that mother’s milk was unhealthy for babies.


45 posted on 12/09/2010 1:44:41 PM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: Prokopton

Or at least, government credibility.


46 posted on 12/09/2010 1:49:08 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: samtheman

How much will the government lose by outlawing smokes? It makes more on taxes then the company that makes them.


47 posted on 12/09/2010 1:49:08 PM PST by edcoil
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To: WayneS

“but cigars are still safe, right?”

Ask Monica


48 posted on 12/09/2010 1:53:02 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: 30Moves
One encounter with your gay lover

Which gay lover you talkin' about? I have several.

49 posted on 12/09/2010 1:53:40 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: edcoil

Nanny state leftists don’t care about the tax revenue, not really. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they’ll tax the SH*T out of anything that moves (to paraphrase King Ronald). But that’s not what really creams their jeans. What gets them off is massive and total control of an entire population’s every waking and sleeping moment. Mannnn! That’s what they LOVE!

So yeah, they’ll lose some tax revenue by ending all smoking but hey, they know where your money is and they’re going to get it all eventually anyway (the way they look at it). In the meantime, what they REALLY want to do is have TOTAL CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.

MANNN! That’s LIVING! (To a leftist.)


50 posted on 12/09/2010 1:54:02 PM PST by samtheman
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