Smoking Just 1 Cigarette Daily Significantly Raises Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Smoking just one cigarette per day--as opposed to 20, the average number in a pack--still raises your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research published in The BMJ, the British Medical Journal’s online publication.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings counter the belief that smoking fewer cigarettes may reduce risks associated with smoking. “

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