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Is Occasional Smoking Risky?

By    |   Friday, 20 March 2015 11:01 AM

Question: Is it really risky to have an occasional cigarette or cigar once in a while? I quit smoking years ago, but still enjoy a smoke several times a year.  

Dr. Hibberd's answer:  
Yes. Inhaling smoke is harmful to the tiny delicate cilia in your lungs that help protect them.
Smoke exposure to your mouth, gums, larynx, and vocal cords — even if periodic — elevates your risk for malignant changes, and also adversely affects lung function. Cigarettes and cigars both contain cancer-causing chemicals that increase your risk over time.
Smoking is also associated with increased cardiovascular risks (heart attack and stroke) as well as cancer. Even secondhand smoke poses risks. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture!

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