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Question:

Would it hurt if I smoke 4 cigarettes a day?

Gentlemen, I used to smoke 20 cigarettes/day for over 15 years. In the last 2 years, I minimized my consumption to just 4 cigarettes/day. I have no plan to completely quit nor to re-increase my cigarettes consumption. Would it hurt if I continue to smoke just 4 cigarettes a day?   

submitted by Michael from Beirut, Lebanon on 3/25/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Atasu K. Nayak, MD  

Atasu K. Nayak, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACPSmoking increases the risk of heart attack, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease and all cause mortality. Smoking also increases the risk of upper respiratory tract, lung and GI tract cancer. It also causes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. 

Smoking cessation diminishes the cardiac risks associated with smoking soon after quitting and these continue to fall if you stop smoking completely. Stopping reduces the incidence of stroke and heart attack. Even one cigarette per day is bad. You need to stop smoking completely. Please consult your primary care physician if you need any help for cessation of smoking.    

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Updated March 2011
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