Skip to comments.Surgeon general: 1 cigarette is 1 too many
Posted on 12/09/2010 1:18:16 PM PST by upchuck
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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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Some of these claims are just over the top.
Hey Regina, name one person who died after smoking one cigarette.
Outside of a firing squad.
Bamster is killing his daughters!
Right up there with AGW on the credibility scale.
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.
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.
I have never smoked. Really.
I think I’ll light one up tonight.
And what about that Christmas eggnog? Oh, my!
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!
Claims like these, similar to Global Warming, lead to the further destruction of scientific credibility.
No matter how deadly they are.
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.
” 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....)
My opinion also...
...but cigars are still safe, right?
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.
Why are we still subsidizing tobacco farmers?
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.
If it’s so deadly, BAN IT.
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.
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.
He’s an un-fit father. He’s an ‘abuser’. He’s a MURDERER!!
Tell that to your Boss, Regina.
BTW, how many puffs does it take to turn your lips purple?
The surgeon general is tossing credibility out the window with this absurd claim.
“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. . .
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"?
...and she has SUCH a pretty voice, too...
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.
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.
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. ; )
Why don’t all the non-smokers just mind their own f’n business?
Of the people who get lung cancer, only 10% are smokers. And we’re living longer...so the studies make absolutely no sense.
"I dont 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 mans 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
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.
Child abuse in the White House!!!! Arrest him . . . he is a menace to society!!!!
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.
Gads, the street should be littered with bodies. This is so ridiculous it’s hard to know where to begin.
What an A**wipe.
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.
Oh, and just to go on record, I smoked my last joint in 1977.
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.
Or at least, government credibility.
How much will the government lose by outlawing smokes? It makes more on taxes then the company that makes them.
“but cigars are still safe, right?”
Which gay lover you talkin' about? I have several.
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.)