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The Morning Habit That DOUBLES Your Risk of Lung Cancer

September 5, 2011

If you are a smoker, you should already know that your chance of being diagnosed with cancer is much higher than a non-smoker.

However, new research from two studies published in the medical journal “Cancer”, has found that your risk of getting lung cancer is almost doubled if you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up.

In one study, researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine looked at 7,611 smokers – 4,776 with lung cancer and 2,835 without cancer.  They found that those that lit up within 30 minutes of waking were 79% more likely to have developed cancer than those who waited at least an hour. This finding remained even after the scientists adjusted for other smoking habits, such as the number of cigarettes smoked in a day.

The researchers are unsure why this is the case, but they theorise that smokers who light up as soon as they get up may be inhaling more smoke into their lungs than later in the day.

A second study came up with similar findings when they looked at a group of 1,850 smokers. Again, it shows the smokers who usually lit up within 30 minutes of waking were 59% more likely to have developed a head or neck tumour than those who waited for at least a half hour.

Research is still needed to determine why early morning smokers are significantly more likely to get cancer than those who start later in the day.

Meanwhile, if you are not ready to give up smoking completely, you can at least reduce your odds of cancer by waiting to smoke that first cigarette of the day for an hour or so after waking up.