It is known that many smokers defend the fact that they smoke few cigarettes and defend their wish to continue smoking but this is w wrong belief as smoking, even it it is less, affects health, warns a new study.
The researchers found that more than one third of the people they studied believe that smoking up to 10 cigarettes is not associated with any risk of lung cancer, making it difficult to win the war against smoking, said Laurent Greillier from Hopital Nord in Marseille, France.
In their study, the researchers analysed data from a sample survey of 1,602 French people aged between 40 and 75 years and found that 34 percent wrongly believed that a daily consumption of up to 10 cigarettes was not associated with any risk of lung cancer.
“This finding is particularly impressive and threatening. It shows that relatively low cigarette consumption is considered ‘safe’ for many of them. In our study, only half of subjects answered that there is no ‘safe’ cigarette,” Greillier said.
Another revelation from the study was that many smokers are aware of the dangers of tobacco, but convince themselves that the risks are not for them but for others, Greillier said.
The findings of the study were presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Geneva, Switzerland.