Even one cigarette a day increases odds of early death: study

Even one cigarette a day increases odds of early death: study

Even those who smoke just a single cigarette a day face a higher risk of an early death than those who don’t smoke at all, according to a new research.

A team of researchers, led by Maki Inoue-Choi, of Rockville, Maryland-based National Cancer Institute, tracked more than 290,000 adults aged 59 to 82, including nearly 22,000 smokers and 156,000 former smokers.

By the year of 2011, adults who consistently smoked at least part of one cigarette per day were 64 per cent more likely to have died of any cause, as compared with non-smokers. Smoking 1-10 cigarettes per day was linked with up to 87 per cent higher chances of death from all causes during the study.

Sharing their findings, Inoue-Choi said, “There is no safe level of cigarette smoking. Even smokers who consistently smoked less than one cigarette per day were more likely to die in our study than never smokers.”

The study also suggested that it is never too late to quit smoking and reap the health benefits of becoming a non-smoker. However, the sooner a person quits smoking, the greater the health benefits he/she will receive in extending years of life.

The alarming findings of the new study were reported in the most recent issues of the JAMA Internal Medicine as well as in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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