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Cigarette Smoking Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large British Medical Journal (BMJ) study suggests.

Smoking just one cigarette a day has a much higher risk of developing stroke and disease in heart arteries than expected—about half the risk of smoking 20 per day—concludes a review of the evidence.

People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50 % more likely to develop heart disease and 30 % more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said. They said it showed there was no safe level of smoking for such diseases.

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