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Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

cigarette  healthThere are no safe levels of exposure to tobacco smoke. Smoking a single daily cigarette will increase the risk of early death.

Key takeaways:

  • People who smoked less than a cigarette a day – over their lifetime – had a 64 percent greater risk of early death.
  • Quitting smoking had benefits for all smokers – regardless of how many cigarettes they smoked.
  • The risk of an early death was lower in light smokers who quit – compared to light smokers who carried on smoking.

“There is simply no safe level of smoking,” said Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Smoking cessation is imperative, but never starting to smoke is even better.”

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