New reports have proven that smoking even a single cigarette daily is still fatal to your health.
According to British scientists, smoking once a day was linked to a much higher threat of heart disease and stroke.
The team led by Allan Hacksaw, of UCL Cancer Institute at University College, London says no safe level of smoking exists for cardiovascular disease.
“Smokers should quit instead of cutting down, using appropriate cessation aids if needed, to considerably cut down their risk.”
And it’s a warning to the young that even so-called “light” smoking carries a heavy price, one expert said.
Patricia Folan, who directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health, in Great Neck, N.Y says;
“Young adults often smoke lesser amounts than older adults and these lighter-smoking young adults often do not even consider themselves smokers,” she stated, but they are still at “risk of developing coronary heart disease from smoking even a small amount of cigarettes.”
Hackshaw’s research team examined a data from 141 studies. Since the average cigarette pack contains 20 cigarettes, the researchers expected that the dangers of heart disease or stroke for a 1-cigarette-per-day smoker would be just 5 percent of that of a pack-a-day user.
However, men who smoked just one cigarette a day still shared a full 46 percent of the increased chances for heart disease that a heavy smoker had, and 41 percent of the danger for stroke.
Women who smoked one cigarette a day had 31 percent of the pack-a-day smokers’ increased risk of heart disease, and 34 percent of their increased risk of stroke, Hackshaw’s group added.
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When the researchers aimed at studies that controlled for several other risk factors, they discovered that smoking just one cigarette a daily can still double women’s risk of heart disease.
In a journal news release, Hacksaw said;
“We have shown that a large proportion of the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke comes from smoking only a couple of cigarettes each day.”