Let's pierce the thought bubbles of most smokers who often use flimsy reasoning tactics like:
"Who you talkin' to? Me? Hey, I'm a light-smoker, man. I smoke 1-2 sticks per day. What harm can that do?"
The same study also says that women are at more risk than men, even when they smoke less than a pack a week.
Second-hand smokers, whom I've always defined as good people in the wrong place at the wrong time, are also at risk.
"In both sexes, smoking 1 to 4 cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly higher risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease and from all causes, and from lung cancer in women," said Dr Aage Tverdal.
The dangers of smoking are well documented. Previous research has shown that smokers die on average 10 years earlier than non-smokers but stopping, even in middle age, can halve the risk.
Tverdal and his colleague Dr Kjell Bjartveit, of the National Health Screening Service in Oslo said health officials must emphasise more strongly that light smokers are also endangering their health.
[Daily Mail, Sept 22 2005]
If you are male and you smoke 1 to 5 cigarettes daily, you are 3 times more likely to be killed by lung cancer than non-smokers.
If you are female and you smoke 1 to 5 cigarettes daily, you are 5 times more likely to be killed by lung cancer than non-smokers.
Do you think this sounds scary enough for smokers to decide to quit smoking now?
I doubt it. I doubt it very much.