Smoking can cause at least 15 different types of cancer. And nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are from puffing away on cigarettes. Burn those two facts into your head if you haven’t yet quit. Then read on to learn what else affects your risk.
BY TERESA DUMAIN
You don’t kick the smokers out(side)
Maybe you think you’re being gracious by allowing others to engage in that nasty smoking habit in your home, or perhaps you’re trying to avoid an argument—whatever your reason, it’s not a good one. Smoke coming off the end of a burning cigarette releases hundreds of toxic chemicals into your house air. Of those chemicals, about 70 can cause cancer. Cigars are even worse: a large one emits about the same amount of secondhand smoke as an entire pack of cigarettes. So stop the whole host-with-the-most thing. Have the argument with your friend or grandmother or whoever, and ask the smokers to do their deed outdoors. There is no “safe amount” of secondhand smoke; even low levels can be harmful, according to government reports. Inhaling it can cause lung cancer in nonsmoking adults, and some research suggests secondhand smoke may also increase the risk of breast cancer.