There is NO risk-free level of smoking


❝ Light smoking and not smoking every day are perceived by many to be effective strategies for reducing the health risks associated with tobacco use, but results from a new study appear to confirm that there is no safe level of exposure to cigarettes.

❝ Long-time, low-volume smokers — even those who smoked less than a single cigarette a day — had significantly higher mortality risks compared with individuals who had never smoked and smokers who had kicked the habit, according to a prospective, cohort analysis that included more than 290,000 middle-age and older participants in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.

Compared with never smokers, long-time smokers who reported smoking less than one cigarette a day had a 64% increase in mortality over the study period, and those who reported consistently smoking one to 10 cigarettes a day had an 87% greater chance of dying.

“In support of the 2010 Surgeon General’s Report, our results provide further evidence that there is no risk-free level of tobacco smoke exposure,” Maki Inoue-Choi, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md., and colleagues…

‘Nuff said?

RTFA for details and more scary stuff than I need reminding of. So glad I quit smoking 58 years ago.

The Lost Tapes from Pearl Harbor


❝ One style of history documentary — vintage clips plus reminiscences plus talking heads — is so common that it’s easy to forget that there are other options. “The Lost Tapes,” a series the Smithsonian Channel introduces on Sunday night with an episode on Pearl Harbor, effectively employs an alternative that really ought to get more use, especially for history that falls within the era of film and sound recording.

The program consists of just clips and still images with an occasional caption. No academics in office-chair interviews interpret things for you. No survivors grow weepy while dredging up their decades-old memories. No narration intrudes. The idea is to come closer to putting you in the historical moment, to give you a sense of what people experienced and felt at the time.

RTFA. Know what to expect, what to look for, when you watch this – as I plan to do. Never forget.