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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That fat pig can just STFU
Great idea. I currently manage or co-manage four ping lists. That's enough. If you start one, I'd like to be on it.
Gads, the street should be littered with bodies. This is so ridiculous it’s hard to know where to begin.
Also, many of the LCVTs landing at Normandy on D day opened up only to have all the soldiers already dead from smoking.
Is Nick Nolte dead? I just watched Mulholland Falls (great movie, warning some nudity, sexual content) It was almost ridiculous, but in EVERY (and I mean EVERY) scene Nick Nolte lights another cigarette. He should be dead just from that movie alone, never mind all the drugs and alcohol.
The scientific community's lips are so firmly planted on government's butt that their credibility goes down in sync.
I love Mark Twain! Indeed, the quality of my life declined significantly when I quit smoking and I am in excellent health. Life without small joys is not quality. I miss it tremendously.
One puff is too much!!!!
I hate when I hear BS like, when Pueblo,Co banned smoking, heart disease decreased by 30%. How did they come to the conclusion that banning smoking had ANYTHING to do with it. Heart disease is caused by plaque buiild up in arteries. It doesn’t “reverse”. Plus, did ALL of the people who “would have had heart attacks” spend all their time in bars? Then how the F$#@ do they make the assumption?
I quit smoking four years ago and still miss it from time to time. Like you I really enjoyed it.
Govt: "But keep buying anyway, we need the tax revenue."
They've milked the tobacco industry so now it's time to move on to "secondhand smoke"..............With all the anti-tobacco studies that have been conducted over the past 40 years I find it ironic that they have just now discovered that second hand smoke is allegedly causing problems......
It's called "incrementalism".........
Whatever, the F'n govt. is now free to do what it pleases just so long as it pleases those with their agendas.....
Please pass me a french fry before they're banned and hand me a beer before it's taxed beyond affordability like cigarettes have been........Since the tobacco industry is being tapped out, they're now turning elsewhere to make up the loss in revenues and alcohol and french fries are the current target......LOL!
But Pot must be made legal and that cannot possibly be bad for your lungs..
And one twinkie is one too many. Especially for the Surgeon General. Ever seen a picture of Regina? (I would post one but I’m on my way to work)
He died at the age of 75.
The very notion of gathering leaves up, drying them out, setting them on fire, and then inhaling the smoke is something that I’ve never considered indulging in.
Go on though, party on.
It is almost still a free Country.
When they ban them what are they going to use to replace the TAX $$ they generate?
Hey Regina honey, I would say one Twinkie is one too many. Knock off the Twinkies and Coke, Mama. I don't think the Surgeon General believes in the First Wookie's healthy eating plans.
Every damn one of Obama's people looks like a freaking SEIU goon. Every damn one of them.
I have a problem with anyone who is such an intense acolyte of any obsession, that is colors every word that he/she (the person's name was not deemed important, so that tells me something about the poster, too) says.
Reminds me of the period s few years ago when I spent several weeks researching smoking , and how it attracted self-serving control freaks from random strangers to elected busibodies to presumably serious medical researchers.
The one documented fact that I found educational and contradictory, was that, of the 10 longest-lived recorded human beings of the last few hundred years worldwide, all of them smoked into advanced age, all lived at least to age 105, three smoked until shortly before their death, and five smoked until age 95.
The usual response that they might have lived even longer had they not smoked, I find shaky and unpersuasive.
I suspect these experts have no idea how to explain it, so they'd rather not talk about it.
Don’t you just love how the nation’s top health official needs to lose some weight? Speaking of which, just one ounce of extra body fat can clog arteries, cause heart attacks, and cause your d*ck to go limp.
Nanny State PING!
Isn’t Regina Benjamin sorta like that fat lady who was harshing on your cigarette smoke, causing you to get into a fight with her husband?
He smokes on the roof like Clinton did.
Can't tell ya how I know this.
Regina is the purveyor of anti-scientific fraud designed to whip up hysteria. She should be sent back to the hole from which she was dug.
Wouldn't it be great if the next update of Google Earth would have a figure on the roof with a puff of smoke.....Regina would have a hissy.
Hey. Good one!
You’re not kidding.
I’m 78,am smoking right now,and I’m terrified that I’m going to die young.
LOL One bite of lobster or even just the sight of some wagyu beef will cause a cardiac arrhythmia that will never end.
Second hand smoking is soooo yesterday,now it’s “thirdhand smoke”.
It boggles the mind what has happened to this country.
Three of my grandparents were like these folks you describe:
Grandpa: A coal miner for 50 years, he smoked hand-rolled cigarettes his entire life. Age at death: 96. Cause of death: viral infection leading to sepsis, then organ failure.
Grandma: Housewife and occasional seamstress for Gentex Corporation. Age at death: 96 Cause of death: Renal failure due to diabetes
Nana: Housewife and bank employee. Age at death: 103 (2 weeks shy of 104). Cause of death: Stroke.
My other grandfather died of head trauma after slipping on ice and smacking into the curb. Died suddenly 2 weeks later. He was also a smoker, but died at 51 due to this accident.
It is my opinion that these people should be studied extensively to find out what, exactly, they have in ‘em that prevents them from contracting deadly diseases like heart disease and cancer. ALL of these grandparents did NOTHING that would have met with today’s doctors’ approval. They lived as they wanted, ate and drank what they wanted, and of course, smoked cigarettes too. WHAT protected them? If I was a doctor...I’d want to know.
Thanks for the ping!
All these nonsmokers sure enjoy our sin taxes though. I wish they would mind their own business. If I want to smoke it is my business & I pay too much for a pack as it is. I am so darn tired of non smokers who are hateful, impolite & rude. If they don’t like it then they can move away from me. I try to not smoke around my nonsmoking friends but am truly tired of their preaching. And yes I am trying to stop but with all the stress in my life it is hard. Nonsmokers or former smokers are some of the rudest people I have ever known.
“WHAT protected them? If I was a doctor...Id want to know.”
And have the general population living to age 100? Do you know what that would do to Social Security?
I don’t like that moron either. I don’t think he should be seen in public. He is screwy & a criminal IMO.
Yep. Saying that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer is like expecting people to drown if they are close enough to a swimming pool to smell the chlorine.
In my family, sort of the opposite.
My paternal grandmother lived well into her eighties, and so did her sisters. Her baby brother, who was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, is still around and in good health. Don’t recal if he smokes, but Grammy smoked like a chimney and her sisters smoked. Her parents lived until her Dad was 93 and her Mom was 88. However, my grandfather dropped dead from a heart arrythmia that may have been exacerbated by smoking.
My maternal grandmother also lived well into her eighties, and her Mom died at the age of 93. But my granddad died much earlier (heavy smoker) and only after suffering for more than a decade with lung problems. His sister, a non-smoker, lived well into her eighties.
This anecdotal evidence seems to me to say that some people have a long life span and some don’t, that there are some lifestyle factors, and smoking creams some people quite badly while letting others off the hook.
I see no alternative but to issue every man, woman and child their very own personal hazmat suit. The world’s become so very dangerous out there.
And if you take it off or loosen the seals, you are subject to fine or imprisonment.
Judging by the comments, I think everyone gets it now. The grant junkies, Big PhRma rent seekers and Statists in anti-tobacco are frauds and liars.
Worse than 100 Lying big tobacco companies. The people aren’t as think as they dumb we are.
It’s not too late for any FReepers or normal Americans who believe the Second Hand Smoke canard to buy a pre-planned funeral or burial plot.
We’ve all spent time in smokey uncles houses, bars, bowling alleys, fraternity/sorority houses. We’re all dead. These fools are a laughing stock but they don’t get the joke.
It may be annoying and smelly to normal people but you are not dying.
Me, too. 62, low BP, healthy heart, been smoking since I was 16 years old. Wonder how they can explain that away.
Congress' establishment of a national hospital system in 1870 was the Federal government's foot in the door of health care. Now, the whole body's inside.
It would seem to me that means there are other factors involved. Maybe its not the smoking at all.