A new study reveals that even smoking a single cigarette per day increases the risk of early death. These findings emphasize rethinking the notion that a cigarette a day is harmless.
- There are no safe levels of tobacco smoke exposure. Quitting smoking will confer health benefits to smokers.
- People who smoked an average of one cigarette per day over a lifetime had a 64 percent higher risk of early death.
- The risk of death from lung cancer was found to be nine times higher among those who smoked less than one cigarette a day over their lifetime.
“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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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.