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