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Friday, December 1, 2006

 

Slashing your smoking may not help your health

`Smokers who believe they can avoid fatal disease by slashing the number of cigarettes they smoke each day are sorely mistaken, according to a new study which suggests the only safe way to escape the risk is to quit.

Long-term research conducted among more than 50,000 Norwegians found that men who halved their daily consumption of cigarettes were as likely to die of cardiovascular disease, reduced blood flow to the heart or cancer as heavy smokers.

And, remarkably, it found that women who cut back were in fact more likely to die prematurely than their heavy-smoking counterparts.’




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