Things About Lung Cancer Doctors Wish You Knew
“Social smokers” are still at risk
One of the rampant health myths that need to die is that smoking just a little when you’re out with friends doesn’t mean you’re a smoker. “It is common for people to believe that ‘social smoking’ will not affect them,” Dr. Sands says. “Each cigarette one smokes actually creates measurable changes that can be observed.” The risk for developing lung cancer increases after 100 lifetime cigarettes, he says. “Many people find that to be a shockingly low number,” he says. But even light and intermittent smoking can cause substantial health risks, according to a review of research.