Cigarette smoking is so harmful that smokers who smoke even less than one cigarette a day run a risk as high as 64 percent of a premature death. Though it is popularly believed that social smoking is comparatively less harmful than regular smoking, none can deny the life-threatening effects of lighting a cigarette.
Besides causing many diseases, such as cancer, cigarette smoking also harms nearly every organ of the body. In fact, once can understand the magnitude of the problem by the fact that cigarette smoking has become the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in December 2016 and conducted by the National Cancer Institute, has revealed that those who smoke between one and 10 cigarettes a day have 87 percent more chances of earlier death. Therefore, the risk is always there even if the level of smoking is relatively low.
While people who smoke less than one cigarette per day on an average over their lifetime have nine times the risk of succumbing to lung cancer, those smoking between one and 10 cigarettes per day have the risk about 12 times.
From the perspective of respiratory diseases, such as emphysema and cardiovascular diseases, those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes a day had over six times the risk of having a fatal respiratory disease and about one and half times (1.5 times) the risk of succumbing to a cardiovascular disease than never smokers.
Is there something called low-intensity smoking?
Before the eye-opening findings of the above study, it was believed that there is something called low-intensity smoking, which triggers comparatively less harmful effects than aggressive smoking. In the similar vein, social smoking, as the term low-intensity smoking is popular known as, was thought to have much less harmful effects on the overall health of a smoker.
Contradicting the previous beliefs and common perceptions, the above study, conducted by analyzing the data of 290,000 adults in the age group 59 to 82, strongly emphasized smoking in any form and type is fatal, although there are some chances of developing less fatal diseases. Therefore, the popular opinion that people who smoke cigarettes casually have reduced risk of dying early is wrong.
Moreover, the cigarette smoke is a carcinogenic gas that can harm a host of human organs, including the heart, lungs, liver and bladder, which may lead to death. Cancer is also a very common occurrence.
Easier to get rid of cigarette smoking
The best way to increase life expectancy is to not smoke. However, people often get addicted to smoking as nicotine is a very addictive substance, which is a major ingredient of the cigarette smoke. In addition, many smokers are alcoholic. Consequently, the harm done by both cigarette and alcohol together is quite life-threatening for the users. However, one can always choose a detox program to get rid of the harmful stored toxins. Detox is a way of reducing the addictive behavior and flushing out the toxins from the body that were accumulated due to prolonged use of cigarettes.
If you are addicted to any kind of substance, contact the Florida Detox Helpline to get in touch with the best Florida detox and wellness center to get sober. It is easy to quit smoking and other addictions by seeking professional help that helps a person in staying away from the cravings. Get in touch with our representatives to find out the best treatment options. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-920-9869 or chat online for more information.