Health Watch - Vices: Smoking

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Avoiding vices isn’t just about morality. Many of the things we’re cautioned to avoid, like smoking and drugs, are bad for our health, and then there are other lesser vices that can harm us when we abuse them. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about the vices that can damage our health. You know that smoking is bad for you, but can a cigarette every so often really hurt you?

You don’t have to be a pack-a-day smoker to be harmed by smoking. Dr. Jarett Berry, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says research has shown that even an occasional cigarette can raise your risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer. While smoking rates have declined, there are a growing number of young people who are casual or social smokers, and they’re still putting their health at risk. The best thing for your health is to not smoke at all and to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

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April 2011


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