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Smoking and Tobacco

Extremely moderate smoker

11/08/2000

Question:

I know about the risk of cigarette smoking, but I really enjoy smoking a cigarette. I only smoke 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. Since I smoke so few shouldn`t the health risk be much lower.

Answer:

Yes, the health risk is lower than heavier smoking, but even 1 cigarette/day raises health risks. I`d urge you to find healthy alternatives to smoking; deep breathing, exercise, fun activities, etc.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati