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September 23, 2005

'Light' smokers face tripled risk of heart disease and cancer

Topics: Health Issues

So social smokers fare no better than heavy smokers, at least according to researchers at Norwegian national health institutions in Oslo.

"SOCIAL smokers", who puff on between one and four cigarettes a day still increase their chances of dying from heart disease or lung cancer by three times, doctors said yesterday.

The study of more than 40,000 people found that the impact of such smoking is even greater for women and disproves the idea that light smokers escape the serious health problems associated with a 40-a-day habit.

And in women, it's not just lung cancer that's a problem from smoking, it's cervical cancer also. And there are other contributive factors as well. Study results regarding time-to-onset demonstrate that smoking (P<0.001, log rank test), number of sexual partners (P<0.001, log rank test) and use of oral contraceptives (P<0.001, log rank test) are important determinants in the earlier onset of severe cervical lesions. And by the way, be sure to consider breast cancer as a risk from smoking, as well.

Posted by Richard at September 23, 2005 3:03 AM

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