Have you ever heard the term “Social Smoker?”

by Katie Bogusz on April 25, 2017

Do you ever say, “I never buy cigarettes, I only bum them from people!”

                                    Or

“I only smoke when I go out!”

You might be a social smoker!  You’re not your typical smoker because you don’t buy packs or smoke daily.  However you are still getting the same chemicals from cigarettes as all other smokers out there.

Sometimes the routine that you have with smoking is the hardest part of quitting. Here are some suggestions on how to make smoking a part of your history not your everyday.:

Many social smokers pair smoking with drinking alcohol.  People who usually don’t smoke might be tempted when drinking because they aren’t in the right state of mind to think of the consequences.  Some may only smoke when they’re around a certain group of people or pair smoking with a certain activity, like going out.  This can be dangerous because someone may not even realize how much they’re smoking in a night if alcohol is involved.

smoking-cravings

Although social smokers may believe they won’t face health consequences, they are still at risk for many of the same health problems as other smokers.  These include:

  • heart disease due to high blood pressure and cholesterol-clogged arteries
  • weakened aorta (an aortic aneurysm)
  • premature death from cardiovascular disease
  • lung, esophageal, stomach, and pancreatic cancer
  • respiratory tract infections
  • delayed conception in women and poorer sperm function in men
  • slower recovery from torn cartilage and other injuries
  • cataracts
  • increased frailty in older men and women
  • poorer health-related quality of life.

The only way to ensure that someone is not at risk for any of the above conditions from smoking is to quit smoking all together.  Even having one to four cigarettes a day increases the risk of heart disease as much as smoking a pack a day.  This is why it is so important to stop smoking completely!

Get more tips to quit smoking: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/tobacco-tabac/quit_now-cesser_maintenant-eng.php?utm_source=pinterest_hcdns&utm_medium=social&utm_content=Apr23_quitsmoking_EN&utm_campaign=social_media_14:

Smoking is bad for your body even if you only do it occasionally. That’s why it’s important to know that even if you don’t see it as a problem, it is still affecting your body in ways you may not have realized. If you’d like to learn more about information presented in this article please visit, http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/light-and-social-smoking-carry-cardiovascular-risks.  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement (IN) Network by visiting  https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and searching for the BSU Peer Educators.

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