The so­cial smoker is in more dan­ger than he thinks, un­til he quits

Men's Health (Australia) - - Health -

Rest in peace the so­cial smoker. You might see your­self as a week­end Bog­art, light­ing up in sunny beer gar­dens, then snub­bing your col­leagues hud­dled by the fire es­cape, but re­search has called time on your habit – you ei­ther smoke, or you don’t. “Some­one who smokes a cig­a­rette now and then isn’t a ‘ca­sual’ smoker,” says pro­fes­sor Robert West, direc­tor of to­bacco stud­ies at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don. “Every time you smoke, you’ll smoke the next one harder, ex­tract­ing more nico­tine and tox­ins. There’s not a mas­sive dif­fer­ence be­tween that and a heavy smoker.” It’s time to get out of de­nial and into detox.

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