Most people are more familiar with the devastating long-term effects of smoking, but even having a random cigarette here and there can adversely affect your health. As it turns out, there are some pretty creepy things that happen to your body when you smoke just once, because honestly no amount of smoking is considered safe.
To learn more about the power of one puff, Romper spoke with two healthcare experts. Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., Dean and Professor of the Colorado School of Public Health, and Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., MHS, a national volunteer medical spokesperson for the American Lung Association, shared some serious wisdom about the potentially harmful effects of smoking, and the addictive nature of nicotine.
If you are trying to break the habit, then consider some tips to quit smoking from Elite Daily to get started. For instance, some people have luck with apps designed to help smokers quit. If you need more help, don't hesitate to reach out to your doctor for advice, but don't feel discouraged, because it really is a challenging habit to kick. "Trying to quit can be so hard," acknowledges Dr. Galiatsatos, so if you know someone in your circle (or even if it's yourself) who is trying to stop, be sympathetic and supportive.
Speaking generally, it's healthiest to avoid cigarette and other tobacco smoke entirely. Read on to learn more about the many ways smoking even just one cigarette can change your body.