Posted tagged ‘Smoking’

One Cigarette Can Kill…

December 9, 2010

According to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, one cigarette a day, or even just inhaling secondhand smoke, could be enough to cause a heart attack and even kill you!

From BusinessWeek:

“The chemicals in tobacco smoke reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale, causing damage immediately,” Benjamin said in a statement. “Inhaling even the smallest amount of tobacco smoke can also damage your DNA, which can lead to cancer.”

And the more you’re exposed, the harder it is for your body to repair the damage.

Smoking also weakens the immune system and makes it harder for the body to respond to treatment if a smoking-linked cancer does arise.

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Study Finds Large Drop in Heart Attacks After Bans on Smoking

September 22, 2009

The ban on smoking in public places has been of great public health debate in recent times. Now, two studies suggest that communities that pass laws to curb secondhand smoke a resulting in a major drop in heart attacks.

From CNN:

Overall, American, Canadian, and European cities that have implemented smoking bans had an average of 17 percent fewer heart attacks in the first year, compared with communities who had not taken such measures.

Then, each year after implementing smoking bans (at least for the first three years, the longest period studied), smoke-free communities have an average 26 percent decline in heart attacks, compared with those areas that still allow smokers to light up in public places.

The findings, published independently by two research teams using similar data, are in the medical journals Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association and Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The new studies should grab the attention of cities as well as states — such as Tennessee and Virginia — that still permit smoking in (at least certain sections of) bars, casinos, restaurants, and other public places.

Overall, 32 states and many cities in the United States have passed some type of law prohibiting smoking in public spots. (You can check out the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation to find out if your local community has a ban.) In addition, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Scotland have passed such bans.

In 2005, there were 1.26 million heart attacks in the U.S., and about 445,687 of those people died, according to the American Heart Association. The new research suggests that a nationwide ban on smoking in public and workplaces could prevent 100,000 to 225,000 heart attacks each year in the U.S., says one study author, Dr. David Meyers,of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.