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Specific Q: Smoking

  1. Dec 9, 2004 #1
    When one smokes with moderation (say, once a month), and inhales the hundreds of chemicals into their organs, does the body have the ability to 'clean' itself out? Thus, would we say that smoking once a month would have absolutely no long-term affect on the body?
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  3. Dec 9, 2004 #2


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    You have always the threat that some cell in your lung, through the "insult" of even a single molecule of carcinogenic smoke tar, could become cancerous and spread without limit.
  4. Dec 9, 2004 #3

    But in other cases, such as alchohol, would the body manage to "clean" itself of these chemicals?
  5. Dec 10, 2004 #4
    The cells will repair the damage or kill themselfs however when you grow older these mechanisms are less effective so one sigarette at 50 years of age is more dangerous than one at 20 years. The generation of a cancerous cell is basically a chance related process and every single insult on your body can increase the chance on a cancerous event altough by a very small percentage. Its therefore very unlikely that one sigarette a month will give you cancer but its also not impossible.
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