Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Surgeon General announced yesterday that second hand smoke was as bad for you as smoking. This means that you have a 50% increase for getting lung cancer if you smoke and a 50% increased if you are just around someone smoking. You also have a 50% increased risk with asbestosis exposure and a 50% increased risk if you have a family history of lung cancer. So, does this means if you walk into a building with asbestosis tiles and your father had lung cancer and you light up and are with someone who lights up, what happens, you explode.
The good news for smokers may relate to heart disease. If you do not have a family history of heart disease your risk is reduced by 50%. If you exercise it is reduced by 50%, if your weight is normal it is reduced by 50%, if you take statin drugs it is reduced by 30%, if you take aspirin it is reduced by 30%, if you eat only oatmeal it is reduced by 30%. This means your risk is reduced by 240% if you do all those things. Even if your risk is increased by 100% by smoking you are still 40% favorable if you do all the good things and smoke. You might even be able to drink some wiskey from time to time.


Blogger Michelle Wright said...

So, I guess the key is don't hang around anybody and don't go anywhere and eat nothing but oatmeal and drink water.

9:35 AM  

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