Early Morning Smoking Ups Your Risk of Cancer


August 9, 2011

TIME

Smokers who light up first thing in the morning are more likely to develop lung cancer and tumors of the head and neck, compared with people who wait at least an hour after rolling out of bed to smoke, according to a pair of studies published online by the journal Cancer.

Early morning smoking, defined as lighting up within the first half-hour of waking, was associated with a 79% increase in likelihood that a smoker would be diagnosed with lung cancer, compared with those who waited at least an hour. Early smokers were also 59% more likely to develop head or neck cancer than those who waited an hour or longer... Read More