Recently there were two new studies regarding smokers and cancer risks published in the Journal of the American Cancer Society. The studies are the first to show an increased risk of developing lung, head and neck cancer in those who have their first cigarette shortly after waking up.
The results of the study showed that people who smoked their first cigarette within 31-60 minutes after waking up were 30% more likely to develop lung cancer, as opposed to those who smoke within the first 30 minutes of waking up, who are 80% more likely to develop lung cancer.
When it comes to head and neck cancer, the study showed that people who smoked their first cigarette within 31-60 minutes after waking up were 40% more likely to develop cancer. Those who smoke within the first 30 minutes of waking up are 60% more likely to develop cancer head and neck cancer.
Joshua Muscat of the Penn State College of Medicine, who led the investigation, states that, “these smokers have higher levels of nicotine and possibly other tobacco toxins in their body, and they may be more addicted than smokers who refrain from smoking for a half hour or more.” It is also suggested that people who manage to hold off on that first cigarette of the day ultimately end up smoking less throughout the day.
Doctors urge patients to stop smoking as soon as possible. There are a wide variety of treatments options such as behavioral counseling that can be paired with medications, which could possibly quadruple the chances of someone successfully quitting. What treatments do you recommend for patients who are trying to quit smoking? How do you educate those who have no interest in quitting?
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