CADCA.org reports on occassional smoking and the immediate damage it has on the human body. Today, the Surgeon General, Vice-Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, released a new report that shows that tobacco smoke, even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke, damages the human body and leads to disease and death.
The 700-page report, “A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease-The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking,” finds that cellular damage and tissue inflammation from tobacco smoke are immediate, and that repeated exposure weakens the body’s ability to heal the damage.
Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause cardiovascular disease and could trigger acute cardiac events, such as heart attack. The report describes how chemicals from tobacco smoke quickly damage blood vessels and make blood more likely to clot. The evidence in this report shows how smoking causes cardiovascular disease and increases risks for heart attack, stroke, and aortic aneurysm.
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