Health effects of very light cigarette smoking over the long term
March 16, 2009 8:12 AM Subscribe
What are the health effects of very light cigarette smoking (1-3 per week) over the long term?
posted by Simon Barclay to health & fitness (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The highly dangerous effects of cigarette smoking are well known, however (from my understanding) this is based on studies that have considered the difference between non-smokers and 1+ pack/day smokers.
So, what are the health effects of very light cigarette smoking? Define very light as being 1-3 cigarettes per week, perhaps less.
Are the effects at that dosage negligible or almost the same? Obviously I would expect it to be somewhere in between, but are there any studies that demonstrate this? One might expect that the effect of smoking is exponential, and there is a tipping point where the impact starts becoming much more pronounced with additional use. Or, one might expect that any exposure is detrimental.
I've googled it using the search terms that I could think of, but found nothing. Can anyone point to any research on this topic?
Anecdotal evidence, although interesting, would probably not be helpful in this circumstance.