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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 5:02 pm | Updated: 5:44 pm, Wed Feb 5, 2014.

Buying cigarettes may soon be more challenging, and now there is mounting evidence of reasons to quit. The health risks associated with second hand smoke are growing, too, as are the benefits of quitting.

Cigarettes cause sickness, disease, and death. Second hand smoke carries health risks, and now we find some of that damage can be undone if you quit.

It's addictive, it's a habit, and if you smoke you are gambling with your life said Kirk Voelker, M.D. of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. "There's actually one bullet, two empty chambers because there's a one out of three chance that you are going to die of a preventable, smoking-related death." Smoking is responsible for the majority of preventable disease in the U.S., Voelker explained. "Lung conditions such as emphases, asthma, bronchitis, cancers, anything that smoke touches."

Almost every organ in the body is affected. Smoking causes COPD, vasoconstriction and sticky platelets. People who smoke also have a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

"If you already have some blockages, this could be attributed to smoking, then you could wind up in the cardiac cath-lab having a heart attack." Said Matt Latsko, RCIS, of Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota.

Second hand smoke carries its own risks, which include upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis. There are other reasons to keep your distance, include a thirty-percent increased risk of cancer.

Dr. Voelker said, "So, some idiot next to you is smoking, they increasing your chance of heart attack by thirty percent."

There are compelling reasons to quit said Dr. Voelker, "Immediately when you quit smoking you are improving your oxygen levels and you are decreasing your risk of a heart attack."

He added, "In about two to three weeks you're going to notice a difference in your breathing." If you still aren't convinced, he explained that within a year your risk of a heart attack goes down to almost normal, and, in 10 years your risk of cancer goes down to half of what it was when you were smoking.

But, perhaps the most compelling reason to quit is this: One out of three smokers will die of a preventable smoking-related disease, which adds up to about half a million smokers dying every year because they smoke.

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3 comments:

  • harleyrider1978 posted at 7:25 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    harleyrider1978 Posts: 5

    But, perhaps the most compelling reason to quit is this: One out of three smokers will die of a preventable smoking-related disease, which adds up to about half a million smokers dying every year because they smoke.

    All from the SAMMAC computer system the government uses to create fake deaths,no names,no bodies no nothing.

    Not 1 Death or Sickness Etiologically Assigned to Tobacco. All the diseases attributed to smoking are also present in non smokers. It means, in other words, that they are multifactorial, that is, the result of the interaction of tens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of factors, either known or suspected contributors - of which smoking can be one

     
  • harleyrider1978 posted at 7:23 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    harleyrider1978 Posts: 5

    Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Third Edition

    This sorta says it all

    These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the safe one.

    So OSHA standards are what is the guideline for what is acceptable ''SAFE LEVELS''

    OSHA SAFE LEVELS

    All this is in a small sealed room 9x20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.

    For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes.

    "For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes.

    "Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

    Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.

    "For Hydroquinone, "only" 1250 cigarettes.

    For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time.

    The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.

    So, OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :

    Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)...It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded." -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec'y, OSHA.

    Why are their any smoking bans at all they have absolutely no validity to the courts or to science!

     
  • harleyrider1978 posted at 7:23 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    harleyrider1978 Posts: 5

    Dr. Voelker YOUR F.O.S.

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

    By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

    Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

    What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

    “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...........................

    Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

    The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

    Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

    146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

    A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

    Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

     

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