I quit smoking about 3 years ago after stopping/starting 3 times. I'm now at the point where the thought of smoking repulses me... until i have alcohol. When i've had a good few to drink (two to four times a month) i have 1 or 2 cigarettes. Yes i know it's stupid & please don't advise me that there's no such thing as one or two cigarettes. I've been doing this for roughly 14 months now & still have no desire to even smell smoke when i haven't consumed alcohol. My question is... although i'm not constantly poisoning myself with twenty a day like i used to, how harmful are a few cigarettes a month?? I listened to a Robb Wolf podcast (102 i think) & he suggested that the odd smoke shouldn't really have any negative impact on health & he even went on to say it could even have a hormetic effect. Any thoughts on this guys?? Thanks in advance for any good info.
asked bysuperdad (925)
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on February 28, 2014
at 12:12 AM
The risks do go down with frequency, that I know. Unpopular fact, but its true. Under 10 per day, and your risk of heart disease is only double that of normal (2 in 100 instead of 1 in 100). Cancer is also lower. Unfortunately, because of the dogma, nobody has studied lower intakes. It would be revealing to see what 1/day does, or 1/week, or 1/month.
I can only presume that the collective risks continue to go down, without entirely disappearing. Thats an assumption though, and I really don't know. Healthy diet and lifestyle may mitigate some risk also, according to studies.
on March 03, 2014
at 04:10 AM
so doubling your risk of heart disease is only a small risk? Seems pretty large to me.
Add in the fact that you are surrounded by second-hand smoke.
Doesn't some hormetic to me
on March 03, 2014
at 03:54 AM
I think the fear that smoking a few cigarettes a month could badly affect your health is way more dangerous than the fact of smoking. Relax, man! ;-)