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Posted by: Nico Barendse | 2011/09/14

Smoking once a day

Good Day

I am not addicted to smoking, I merely enjoy the " high"  I get from smoking. I do however crave for a cigarette but it is not severe or anything. On average I smoke once or twice a day.

Is that very harmful? Or does it merely cause minimal damage to my health?

I am very health conscious, I eat right, go to the gym, etc. And I would not want to cause my body long-term or any illnesses.

Regards

Nico Barendse

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Any amount of smoking is harmful unfortunately. It's not like alcohol, or chocolate, where small amounts can actually do you good!
Look, 1 or 2 cigarettes a day doesn't put you at very high risk for tobacco-related diseases, but it certainly does increase your risk. And we don't know who is going to be most susceptible: for some of us, a pack a day for 50 years won't trigger lung cancer or arteriosclerosis (though it will definitely cause damage); for others, exposure to just 2nd-hand smoke may be enough.
You need to weigh up the pleasure you say you get from a cigarette against the damage and risk. The best course of action would be to find a positive replacement for that "high". It just seems a shame when you clearly work hard at staying healthy otherwise...

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Posted by: Stop Smoking Advice | 2011/09/23

Any amount of smoking is harmful unfortunately. It's not like alcohol, or chocolate, where small amounts can actually do you good!
Look, 1 or 2 cigarettes a day doesn't put you at very high risk for tobacco-related diseases, but it certainly does increase your risk. And we don't know who is going to be most susceptible: for some of us, a pack a day for 50 years won't trigger lung cancer or arteriosclerosis (though it will definitely cause damage); for others, exposure to just 2nd-hand smoke may be enough.
You need to weigh up the pleasure you say you get from a cigarette against the damage and risk. The best course of action would be to find a positive replacement for that "high". It just seems a shame when you clearly work hard at staying healthy otherwise...

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