Smoking has been proven bad for health. It causes high blood pressure, cancer and it kills. A new study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease1 found that smoking is even more deadly on individuals with HIV.
Forty percent of patients with HIV smoke cigarettes, which is two times the rate of the entire American adult smokers. Dr. Krishna Reddy from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School said in press release;
It is well-known that smoking is bad for health, but we demonstrate in this study just how bad it is. We actually quantify the risk, and I think providing those numbers to patients can help put their own risks from smoking in perspective. A person with HIV who consistently takes HIV medicines but smokes is much more likely to die of a smoking-related disease than of HIV itself.
Smoking On Non-HIV Individuals
If you think smoking only becomes more deadly on HIV patients, think again. One study2 conducted back in 1992 found that cigarette smoke can cause damage in human lung cells. The damaging effect of cigarette smoke on the DNA has been confirmed by a recent comprehensive study3.
Smoking really destroys health. Hence, make an effort to quit smoking. Find a solid reason to quit. Perhaps for the benefit of your children or your entire family. Certainly, you will be able to find a reason to quit and break free from tobacco addiction.
- Impact of Cigarette Smoking and Smoking Cessation on Life Expectancy Among People With HIV: A US-Based Modeling Study ↩
- Cigarette smoke-induced DNA damage in cultured human lung cells: role of hydroxyl radicals and endonuclease activation ↩
- Mutational signatures associated with tobacco smoking in human cancer ↩