Smokers are a rare breed of human, no matter how many articles, studies, PSAs, and documentaries come out detailing the dangers of cigarette smoke, some people just won't quit. Hell, you can put a damn picture of black, tar-filled lungs on the pack and people are still going to buy them. That being said, it's the job of the medical community to thoroughly inform consumers. After all, it's not like Big Tobacco is going to tell you to quit, right? Right!
In the spirit of that, we came across a pretty startling study that targets not only chronic smokers, but casual ones too. According to CBS, British researchers say lighting up just once a day was linked to a much higher risk of heart disease and stroke than might be expected. Yep, you read that correctly, just one cigarette a day, y'all. So, to answer the question, "Will smoking one cigarette a day kill you?" Yes, it will. We hate to be that blunt about it, but, hey! Again, it's not like Big Tobacco is beating down your door to tell you this information. CBS continued:
"No safe level of smoking exists for cardiovascular disease," wrote the team led by Allan Hacksaw, of UCL Cancer Institute at University College, London. 'Smokers should quit instead of cutting down, using appropriate cessation aids if needed, to significantly reduce their risk,' the study authors said."
It just goes to show that even if you don't consider yourself a smoker, any amount of cigarette smoke is a risk — regardless of how you label yourself. To be frank, if you're only smoking one cigarette a day or having a casual smoke during happy hour drinks, just quit! We know life is all about moderation, but let's be clear, cigarettes are most definitely the exception to the rule. To put things into perspective, the study found that men who smoked just one cigarette a day still shared a full 46 percent of the increased odds for heart disease that a heavy smoker had, and 41 percent of the risk for stroke.
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