(English) The Worst Time of Day to Smoke

15.04.2013

Early-morning puffs could equal an early death. Smoking a cigarette immediately after waking up may increase your risk of developing lung and oral cancers, regardless of how much you smoke per day, says a new study from Penn State.

Researchers found that first-thing smokers have higher levels of NNAL—a substance created when tobacco-specific carcinogen NNK enters the body—in their blood than smokers who wait at least a half hour after waking up.

Smoking in the morning is “really an indicator of how addicted people are to nicotine,” says lead researcher Steven Branstetter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State. In the study, A.M. smokers tended to inhale more deeply, hold the smoke in their lungs longer, and inhale more puffs per cigarette.

Still, smoking at any time of day will wreak havoc on your health, so the advice remains crystal clear: quit. You can start by reaching for a different kind of carton as soon as your alarm clock rings. Researchers from Duke University found that smokers were less likely to smoke with the aftertaste of milk in their mouth, since moo juice lends a funky taste to cigarettes.


From: news.menshealth.com

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