Tobacco kills people—there is no safe level of smoking. Even if you smoke only one cigarette a day, you’re at greater risk of heart disease and all the other preventable diseases caused by smoking. There’s also no such thing as a safe cigarette. Cigarettes that claim to be “light” are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes. When smokers switch to these brands, they compensate for the lower nicotine levels by inhaling the smoke more deeply or taking more frequent puffs. Even worse, they increase the number of cigarettes they smoke each day! That pretty much cancels out any potential benefit from a light cigarette. In fact, the benefit is so nonexistent that the FDA no longer allows tobacco manufacturers to use the terms light, ultra-light, mild, or low-tar on packaging or in advertising. Smoking light cigarettes or smoking fewer regular cigarettes won’t reduce your risk of heart disease. The only way to do that is to quit smoking completely.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Cigarette smoking is one the leading causes of heart disease, and quitting decreases your risk of this deadly disease.
Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and pulse decrease. A day later, your odds of a sudden heart attack are lower. Within a year of quitting, you cut your risk of heart disease in half and, by your third year as an ex-smoker, your risk is the same as a nonsmoker.