You tell yourself just being a “social” smoker limits your risk from all those bad smoking health considerations.  Afterall, its not as though you smoke a pack a day, right?  Not right.

A report in says that so-called social smokers have the same risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol as regular smokers do.

Researchers at Ohio State University surveyed nearly 40-thousand people in the United States and found that more than 10 percent were social smokers --meaning they don't smoke every day-- while 17 percent were regular smokers.

The negative impact of tobacco smoke was found to be equally distributed among both groups.  In both populations of smokers rates of high blood pressure were about 75 percent and rates of high cholesterol were about 54 percent

One conclusion the study draws is that more effort should be made to get social smokers to quit!