We once again indulge you into one of the most common topics we have on health; the health risks of smoking. Time and time again health experts have warned us of the dangers of smoking. Although it falls on deaf ears in some people, other people do take it seriously.
But now we have perfect reason to acknowledge that smoking is toxic even in small doses. A new study carried out by lead author Maki Inoue-Choi, PhD, MS, from the National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland, USA indicates that low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of dying early.
The research indicated that although people who smoke 1 to 10 cigarettes per day had an 87% higher risk of dying early than non-smokers, even people who smoked less than 1 cigarette per day had a 64% higher chance of early death.
The researchers compiled data from participants and looked at specific causes of death. All participants were in their 60s and 70s and 159 of them reported smoking less than one cigarette per day while 1,500 of them reported smoking 1 to 10 cigarette per day.
The results of the study showed that smoking had a particularly strong link with lung cancer and a person who smoked less than one cigarette per day had a 9 times higher chance of dying than non-smokers while those who smoked more significantly increased their chances of dying.
The other death causing factors were heart diseases. The people who smoked 1 to 10 cigarettes had one and a half times higher the risk of dying from heart diseases than non-smokers.
Talk about hanging your legs in your grave. It must take considerable courage and mettle to live so dangerously.
Maki Inoue-Choi says in a report by NIH, “The results of this study support health warnings that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Together, these findings indicate that smoking even a small number of cigarettes per day has substantial negative health effects and provide further evidence that smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke.”
So, letting go of cigarettes is what will pay off in later years, especially when the “less than one cigarette per day” is changed to “no cigarettes per day.”