Even one cigarette a day greatly raises cardiovascular risk, experts warn

Cutting out cigarettes – not just cutting down – is necessary to dramatically reduce the chance of cardiovascular problems, say the study’s authors. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Smoking just one cigarette a day is more dangerous than commonly thought, say researchers who have found it still raises the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke to about half the risk from smoking 20 a day. The team behind the study say that the findings emphasise that cutting out cigarettes, rather than just cutting down, is necessary to dramatically reduce the chance of cardiovascular problems – a key cause of premature death...

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