Bad news for anyone who smokes even just one cigarette a day

Bad news for anyone who smokes even just one cigarette a day

Ronald Pratt
January 27, 2018

A new study has revealed that smokers need to cut out completely, rather than just cut down, in order to see tangible health benefits - with those who smoke a single cigarette a day still 50 percent more likely to contract cardiovascular diseases and 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.

E-cigarettes, which have gained popularity in the last decade, are hand-held devices that heat up a nicotine-containing liquid so users can inhale the vapour.

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: "Quitting smoking is the best thing a smoker can do to improve their health".

Male smokers typically average at around 12 cigarettes a day, while women have been recorded as smoking approximately 11 cigarettes a day.

Another report discharged for this present week from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine discovered little proof about the wellbeing risks of e-cigarettes however said they may be valuable if used to enable smokers to chop down or quit.

The risk appeared highest in the first week, particularly for older people, those with influenza B infections, and patients experiencing their first heart attack. Their view is that smoking only a couple a day can't be harmful and that's probably not far off the truth for risk for cancer. Essentially, if smoking 20 confers a 127 percent increased likelihood of heart disease, what percentage of that risk are you maintaining by only having one?

"No safe level of smoking exists for cardiovascular disease", the authors conclude in their paper published Wednesday in BMJ.

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'Smokers should quit instead of cutting down, using appropriate cessation aids if needed, to significantly reduce their risk of these two common major disorders'.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote that about 16 million people in the US have a disease that originated from smoking - and 6 million people die each year across the globe from tobacco.

Tobacco kills about seven million people worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organisation.

For women, it was higher - 57% for heart disease and 31% for stroke.

"We can't stand to hold up a few more decades to archive the disease, incapacity, and passings caused by new recreational tobacco and nicotine items". "The message for regulators dealing with newly marketed "reduced risk" products is that any suggestion of seriously reduced CHD and stroke from using these products is premature".

It is still worth trying to cut back, said Paul Aveyard of the University of Oxford, who also was not involved in the study.