Smoking A little is as Dangerous as Smoking A lot
Some people often smokes, but are not addicted to it. These people smoke only when they want to or simply to socialize. But becoming a social smoker is still risky for the health. A study found that social smokers decreased ability of the brain just like heavy smokers.
According to a study done by Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, social smoker is defined as a person who smokes about 20 cigarettes in a week or three sticks a day. This behavior can cause memory impairment and lower mental health the same as those who smoked 15 cigarettes per day.
In a study published in the journal Addiction Open, the psychologist from the Collaboration for Drug and Alcohol Research Group at Northumbria’s School of Life Sciences provides a series of memory tests to 28 people were social smokers, 28 people were daily smokers and 28 non-smokers.
The participants were asked to recall a series of actions that have been determined at some point in a video. One example, are reminded to send SMS messages to friends when the image of a store appears in the video.
Groups of smokers have poorer test results than the non-smokers, as well as social smokers. These findings reinforce the theory of researchers that states that there are no safe ways to smoke.
“This new research shows that the health risks of smoking only on the weekends are no different than smoking every day. Smoking clearly damage memory,” said researcher, Tom Heffernan, PhD, as reported by everydayhealth.
And side effects of smoking is not that alone. Research shows that occasional smoking can also increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, coronary heart disease and other diseases associated with smoking.
According to a study from the ‘American Journal of Public Health’, social smokers do not regard themselves as a true smoker, so tend not to think that they have health problems and are less motivated to stop smoking.
“Social smokers consume nicotine because of its psychoactive effects, and has no intention to stop smoking. But that does not mean that they do not need cigarettes,” said Saul Shiffman, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.