Is there a Difference on Whether Heavy Smokers or Light Smokers Should Quit
Is there a Difference on Whether Heavy Smokers or Light Smokers Should Quit? There is some
discussion in the research field about the differences between heavy and light smokers. This is a twofold question.
One is the health effects of smoking lightly instead of heavy and the other is the degree of difficulty that a
light smoker would have as opposed to a heavy smoker if they choose to quit smoking. The factor that decides which
a person is, heavy or light, is determined by the number of cigarettes that are smoked in a day. If it is over
twenty five the person is considered to be a heavy smoker. This question of the difference between light and heavy
smokers quitting is an interesting one for the research community. They want to know if the light smoker would have
an easier time quitting. They want to know if the cravings are different when they stop. Their curiosity is piqued
and they think it might help them better understand the hold that nicotine has on the smoker. Studies are beginning
to answer this question and it comes up the same. A light smoker has the same cravings and withdrawal symptoms as a
heavy smoker. Yet, despite these similar carvings those who fall into the category of light smoker find it easier
to give up the habit. Over the last few years smoking in the United States has been going down but the group who
are heavy smokers is getting bigger. Light smokers are more likely to be women and have smoked for a shorter time;
they are more likely to be considering giving up smoking and less likely to have discussed it with their health
care provider. The fact is that there is a lot of contrast between those who are heavy smokers and those who are
light smokers; those who smoke ten or less cigarettes daily. Despite the similarities and the differences the one
thing that stands out is that no matter which category a smoker fits into the dangers to their health is exactly
the same. Most light smokers assume they have no reason to quit lighting up. After all they only smoke a few
cigarettes a day and how can that compare with the person they know who burns up a pack daily. They assume that
they are protected by smoking less. This is very wrong. Light smokers have the same increased risk factors for
heart disease, lung cancer and premature aging as those who smoke a lot every day. Either way the smoker damages
their health. Studies reported that light smokers were three times as likely to die of coronary heart disease or
lung cancer as those who did not smoke at all. The highest risk group among light smokers seemed to be those who
smoked one to four cigarettes daily. These results startled a lot of people including those who thought themselves
safe because they only smoked a little. The facts are that smoking is bad for your health no matter how many
cigarettes you smoke daily. The only answer to these health concerns is to quit smoking.
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