Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
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Ladies: Even A Single Cigarette Can Immediately Kill You

You told me you'd call me but you haven't yet / And I'm down to my last cigarette
Bad news for women who like to have a cigarette now and then while drinking a six pack of wine: Even one smoke more than doubles your risk of keeling over dead from a heart attack. Results from a three-decade study that followed the health habits of 101,000 American nurses found that even very light smoking dramatically increased the incidence of "sudden cardiac death"—these are the sneaky kind of heart attacks that just knock people over dead, with no warning and no previously known medical conditions.

Light-to-moderate smokers were twice as likely to die of sudden heart problems than those who had never smoked. But those who quit smoking saw their risk begin to go back down within years, a journal of the American Heart Association reports.

There's always hope! But the hope takes "years," while the single cigarette you puff outside the office Christmas party tomorrow might just be the one that kills you. If these studies keep it up, we may have to re-think this whole "cigarettes are good for you" philosophy we learned from Camel Cash.

Photo by John Benson.

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laurel (#4,035)

I've recently become unusually (I guess?) attuned to the horror of a lingering death, so "the sneaky kind of heart attacks that just knock people over dead, with no warning and no previously known medical conditions" sounds like the lesser of several evils. Maybe I'll take up smoking late in life?

angelcooper (#240,073)

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. And I didn't try to smoke because I know the bad effect of smoking in my health.

"a six pack of wine"

That's a thing?

allyzay (#321)

@Adam Ingrassia@facebook I think he meant 4 pack: http://www.wine.com/V6/Francis-Ford-Coppola-Winery-Sofia-Mini-Blanc-de-Blancs-4-Pack/wine/78020/detail.aspx

(Note: I know he did not actually literally mean 4-pack product of wine named after a dilittante)

notthejetset (#237,462)

Holy hell, that is my best friend in the green shirt! Luckily she's still kicking.

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