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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Reducing smoking does not lower risk

SMOKERS who halve their cigarette consumption instead of simply quitting altogether are fooling themselves if they think it will do their health any good. A study that followed more than 50,000 men and women for over 20 years has found that people who smoke 15 or more cigarettes a day, and who cut that intake back by more than 50per cent, are no less likely to die prematurely than others who continue to smoke heavily. The conclusion of the Norwegian experts who conducted the research is that while cutting consumption may help smokers ditch the habit entirely, the study "proves quite clearly that the only safe way out of the risk caused by smoking is to quit". Quitting smoking altogether has been shown countless times to bring rapid health improvements. Within a year, a quitter's risk of having a heart attack is halved, compared with people who keep smoking.

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