March 31, 2013

Don’t smoke soon after you wake up

Well, don’t smoke at all, if you can. But if you do, try to wait at least one hour before lighting your first one: researchers have found that if you light a cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, the chances you’ll develop lung, head, or neck cancer become considerably higher. And that’s compared to other smokers:

lung cancer - the study included 4,775 cases of lung cancer and 2,835 people without lung cancer - they were all regular smokers. They found that, compared to those who smoked more than 60 minutes after waking up:

  • Those who lit up within 31 to 60 minutes had a 1.31 greater chance of developing lung cancer

  • Those who lit up within 30 minutes had a 1.79 greater chance of developing lung cancer

head and neck cancer - the study included 1,055 patients with head and neck cancer and 795 individuals without cancer - all of them had a history of cigarette smoking.They found that, compared to those who smoked more than 60 minutes after waking up:

  • Those who lit up within 31 to 60 minutes had a 1.42 greater chance of developing head and neck cancer

  • Those who lit up within 30 minutes had a 1.59 greater chance of developing head and neck cancer

(Cancer journal, via MNT)

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