Few health benefits to cutting down on cigarettes

Halving the number of cigarettes smoked every day makes little difference to the risk of early death, suggests new research.

Smoking cessation

Although reducing consumption may have a place as a temporary measure in smoking cessation, the authors of this Norwegian study said the only way to avoid serious health problems was to quit smoking.

The findings were based on long-term monitoring of more than 51,000 men and women, all of whom were aged between 20 and 34 at the start of the study.

Among men, deaths from lung cancer and cancers associated with smoking were not significantly lower in those who had cut back compared with heavy smokers.

In women who cut back their daily consumption, there were no significant differences in death rates from specific causes, including early death from cardiovascular disease, compared with those who continued to smoke heavily.

The authors concluded, in the journal Tobacco Control, that people could be misled if they were advised that cutting back on smoking would help prevent disease.

MIMS link

Drug and alcohol dependency

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Child using smartphone

NICE backs digital CBT games for children with anxiety or low mood

GPs could prescribe CBT-based digital games, videos and quizzes for children and...

GP surgery sign

GP pressure to continue as experts warn NHS backlog will remain through 2023

General practice faces continuing heavy pressure after experts warned that the record...

Close-up of a man loading a shotgun

BMA updates GP firearms guidance as digital marker goes live on EMIS

The BMA has updated its guidance for GPs on firearms licensing following the release...

Map pins

Severely underdoctored areas spread across nearly every NHS region

Severely underdoctored areas exist in nearly every NHS region across England, figures...

protesters

NHS bosses apologise for lack of consultation on practice takeover amid patient protests

NHS leaders have apologised and admitted they should have consulted more after choosing...

Money

NHS backs 2.1% salaried GP pay rise from April as contract talks continue

NHS England has suggested salaried GPs are likely to receive a 2.1% pay rise from...