December 9, 2010 - On Thursday, December 9, 2010, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced the publication of “How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease.” This report reveals new scientific findings about how deadly cigarettes are and how quickly they can damage your body. The report claims even one cigarette or inhaling someone else’s second-hand smoke could block your arteries and provoke an immediate heart attack.
Secondhand (environmental,involuntary, passive) Smoke: Blood Vessel Damage Within Minutes..;
U.S. IOM - like former Surgeon General Carmona stated there is no safe level of secondhand smoke..;
Social Smoking Still Dangerous to Your Health...
Though lung cancer takes years to develop, poisoning from tobacco smoke and damage at the cellular level begins immediately as over 7000 chemicals spread through the body with every puff.
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin warned “one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack”. She also said that it could trigger someone else’s. “I advise people to try to avoid being around smoking any way that you can.”
VIDEO: A Report of the Surgeon General:
How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease
Over 440,000 Americans die from tobacco-caused diseases every year. Approximately 20% of all adults smoke (46 million) and countless millions are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. The government goal of dropping the smoking rate to 12 percent by this year is way off and has been revised as the goal for 2020.
Reference: First US Surgeon General Report Outlines Smoking Dangers by Maya Jackson Randall, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES, 12/9/2010.