Early Morning Ciggie More Likely To Cause Cancer

Early Morning Ciggie More Likely To Cause Cancer

Are you one of those people who lights up a cigarette as soon as you wake up? One of those who cannot start their day without puffing at the cancer stick? Well, a study of 7,610 smokers claims that people who smoke soon after getting up in the morning are more likely to develop cancer than those who light up later in the day. The study was conducted on 7,610 smokers and published in the journal of Cancer. Smoking in the first half hour after waking doubles the smoker’s already high risk of lung cancer.

Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine, in the US studied 4,776 smokers with lung cancer and 2,835 smokers without cancer. Studies proved that patients who smoked in the first 30 minutes after waking up were at a 79% more risk of developing cancer than those who waited an hour. “The Time To First Cigarette” effect was present even as researchers statistically adjusted in factors like the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

Smoking within the first half hour of waking up may signal higher levels of nicotine and tobacco toxins in the body, claims findings. The study also shows that head and neck cancers are high for those who fall in this group of smokers. The risk for early smokers was 1.59 times higher, compared to 1.42 higher chance among individuals who smoked 31 to 60 minutes after waking. The head and neck cancer analysis included 1,055 head and neck cancer cases and 795 controls, all with a history of cigarette smoking.

Dr. Muscat says, “It may be a combination of genetic and personal factors that cause a higher dependence to nicotine”. Cancer Research UK’s Professor Robert West, told the BBC: ‘Smokers who light up soon after waking tend to smoke each cigarette more intensively.’

So the most likely explanation of this finding is that the sooner a smoker lights up, the more smoke is taken into the lungs and the higher the level of exposure to cancer causing chemicals. Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in the United States.

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