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31st May, 2017
Any smoking is harmful to health: Social smoking carries similar heart risks as current smoking

Today is World No Tobacco Day.
 
Any amount of smoking is injurious to health. Even people who smoke only occasionally - 'social smokers' - have a risk of heart disease that is similar to people who smoke daily, says a new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
 
The study evaluated self-reported smoking habits, cholesterol levels and blood pressure in around 40,000 adults across the United States. Ten percent of the participants were found to be social smokers who smoked regularly in certain situations but not daily, while 17% were current smokers. Individuals aged 40 or younger were more likely to be social smokers.
  • Compared with non-smokers, social smokers had significantly higher risks of having hypertension (odds ratio [OR]: 2.08) and high cholesterol levels (OR: 1.53).
  • Social smokers and current smokers had similar odds of having hypertension (OR = 0.94) and high cholesterol (OR = 0.95), risk factors for heart attacks and stroke.
  • Both current and social smokers had similar rates of hypertension, 76% vs 75% respectively and high cholesterol levels 55% vs 53%, respectively.
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The 31st of May every year is observed as the World No Tobacco Day and the theme this year is 'Tobacco: a threat to development.' Tobacco consumption in any form, be it cigarettes, beedi, ghutkas, pan, khaini, sheesha, or even e-cigarettes can have detrimental effects on health.
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