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Social Smoking Is Just As Bad. And It’s Stingy.

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If you think being a social smoker is better for you than smoking everyday, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you are absolutely kidding yourself.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the Characteristics of Social Smokers are as follows:

“Social smokers were characterized as people who smoke intermittently in social situations such as bars or parties, not in solitude. The need for group acceptance drove social smokers to be well versed on entertainment figures, commercial trends, fashion, and popular brands of cigarettes. Advertising to social smokers positioned cigarettes as another consumer product that defined membership in a clique or crowd”

Ben Affleck Smoking

We all have that one friend who swears they only have the odd ciggie with a Chardonnay after a stressful day at the office, but end up finishing the whole packet before harrassing passersby for a “spare” one.

Why do we do it to ourselves? We can’t go blaming “fashion” or “membership to your clique”.

It’s not just something to do; it’s not just something to keep our hands busy; it’s not just because everyone else went out for one.

It’s addiction.

There is nothing remotely sexy about smoking. Not to mention the smell on another persons clothes and breath as they talk to you about how hard their week was.

I was once that guy. Never. Ever. Again.

It goes without saying that the effects of smoking – both short and long term – are known to the user. Taking the evil of all evils out of it (lung cancer), even after just one puff your heart will begin to beat faster and have your nervous system doing the Macarena.

Some will say “it’s not like I’m addicted, I just like the occasional smoke”. That’s fine to say (albeit a lie), but don’t think your lungs are being as blasé about it, because they are not.

Anyone who comes into contact with cigarette smoke, either very little or a lot, is at risk of smoking related illnesses, no expections.

This includes passive smoking. It’s frightening that non-smokers who are exposed to your second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer. Even more frightening is that non-smokers who live with a smoker are 20-30% more likely to develop lung cancer.

passive smoking cartoon of family

Light and intermittent smoking carry nearly the same risk for cardiovascular disease as daily smoking.

I have always said that if nicotine was never put in tobacco no one would ever, ever smoke.

For the one reason: once your taste buds begin to reactivate and your sense of smell comes back, cigarettes taste like shit.

The solution is simple: take nicotine in its purist, cleanest form, mix it with water-based flavours, and steam it. Cut out the 4,000+ chemicals and 70+ carcinogens found by burning tobacco. Yes, E-cigarettes Are A Low Risk Alternative To Smoking.

It’s never too late to make the switch to vaping. Your friends will thank you for it, mostly because they’ll secretly enjoy it better than smoking from the first time they try it, but you will 100% notice a difference in your health and fitness levels.

For those serious about flicking the habit check out 3 Top Tips To Help You Stop Smoking.

Currently based in Sydney Australia. Ex-Smoker who has spent the last 3 years heavily involved in the vape industries of the USA, UK, and Australia.. Get In touch, Ryan@vapetrotter.com

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