❝ Light smoking and not smoking every day are perceived by many to be effective strategies for reducing the health risks associated with tobacco use, but results from a new study appear to confirm that there is no safe level of exposure to cigarettes.
❝ Long-time, low-volume smokers — even those who smoked less than a single cigarette a day — had significantly higher mortality risks compared with individuals who had never smoked and smokers who had kicked the habit, according to a prospective, cohort analysis that included more than 290,000 middle-age and older participants in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.
Compared with never smokers, long-time smokers who reported smoking less than one cigarette a day had a 64% increase in mortality over the study period, and those who reported consistently smoking one to 10 cigarettes a day had an 87% greater chance of dying.
❝ “In support of the 2010 Surgeon General’s Report, our results provide further evidence that there is no risk-free level of tobacco smoke exposure,” Maki Inoue-Choi, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md., and colleagues…
RTFA for details and more scary stuff than I need reminding of. So glad I quit smoking 58 years ago.