I overheard a family talking at a table next to mine. The son, who looked about 35 years old, snapped, “Cut me some slack, I only smoke three cigarettes a day!” I debated about whether to intrude on their conversation, and eventually decided not to. Everything I wanted to tell him, I shall now tell you. Even if you smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day, you damage your heart. There’s a two- to fourfold increase in heart disease and stroke from smoking. It causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States.
Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette as well as the smoke breathed out by the smoker. It’s no better than smoking, because it contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic.
Smokers have a hard time quitting. There’s a billion-dollar market for nicotine patches, lozenges, gums and prescription drugs like Chantix. These are good options, but they don’t work for everyone. So today, I’m sharing some dietary supplement options you can find at health food stores. I insist you get your practitioner’s approval because I couldn’t possibly know what’s right for each of you. These are just considerations, and they do have side effects.