“Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking” – The Conversation

mind smokeSocial smoking is just as bad on your heart as regular smoking, a new study suggests. – California Department of Health Services, CC BY-NC-SA

by Bernadette Melnyk, Dean and Professor of Nursing, The Ohio State University

“‘Everything in moderation.’

“It’s a common justification made for behaviors that may fall outside the realm of healthy. Whether it’s a drink or two or indulging in a favorite dessert, consuming small quantities, rather than abject abstinence, is a more palatable and acceptable option for most people.

“The less-is-more approach may be sound when applied to many aspects of our frenzied daily lives, but when it comes to smoking, the same rationale cannot apply.

“A new study that I conducted with other nursing and health services researchers has found that those who enjoy the occasional cigarette in social situations are risking their health just as much as the person who smokes a pack or more a day.”

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