Increased cigarette usage raises heart disease risk

Increased cigarette usage raises heart disease risk according to a new study. The best option is to cut down the intake of cigarettes but some habitual beliefs are contradictory that is lessening the cigarette intake is also not good for the heart.


Allan Hackshaw at the UCL Cancer Institute at University College London and colleagues found that cutting the intake from a pack of cigarettes to one cigarette a day lowers the risk of heart attack considerably. Their discoveries are also vital as federal regulators in the U.S. contemplate how to manage e-cigarettes and novel ‘heat not burn’ cigarette products. Makers endorse them as methods to assist smokers slash back and decrease their health risks.

Hackshaw’s team wrote in the British Medical Journal’s online publication The BMJ that it has been demonstrated that a huge percentage of the risk of the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke is a result of smoking only a few cigarettes. This has vital ramifications for smokers who believe that light smoking poses little or no harm.

Hackshaw’s team rummaged through all the reliable health studies they could discover going back to 1946. They observed the number of cigarettes people smoke and what happened to them. As far as men are concerned, smoking one cigarette a day caused the heart risk to be 48 percent over nonsmoker, while smoking 20 cigarettes a day doubled the risk.

The risks were even higher for women. One cigarette a day caused the heart disease risk to rise by 57 percent and 20 cigarettes a day raised the risk 2.8 times.