Dec 08, 2016 08:50 AM EST

New Study: Only Just One Cigarette Daily Could Still End Your Life

By Conan K.

In every cigarette a person take, changes happen in the body.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths annually in the United States. More than 41,000 of those deaths are caused by secondhand smoke. Also, a report by the American Lung Association found more than 130,000 Americans on average die each year from lung cancer caused by cigarette smoking.

Even though you don’t consider yourself a smoker, everything would end for you early as this new discovery advocates. Cigarette smokers always tend to think that a single or maybe a few cigarettes won’t hurt, but National Cancer Institute proves them wrong, Aol stated. They also added that these people who are likely to smoke even just an average of less than one cigarette a day have a 64 percent higher risk of dying early than nonsmokers. On the other hand, people who smoked up to half a pack a day had 87 percent risk of dying early.

Dr. Murray Mittelman, of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston stated that a cigarette is tipping the balance of the body, leading to a blood clot large enough to stop the heart. Researchers found that heart attack victims who had smoked a cigarette six hours before their seizure had bigger blood clots in their arteries. "Put simply, smoking a cigarette can enlarge the blood clot and tip the balance," according to Daily Mail. 

“Regardless of their age, all smokers benefit from quitting," lead researcher stated Sarah Nash. "Also, smoking patterns early in life may still affect mortality even 50 to 60 years later. So it is important to support efforts to prevent adolescent smoking initiation."

Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior medical consultant to the American Lung Association concluded, "This study makes it clear that you can't hide behind the usual smoke screen (that) 'the damage has already been done. I may as well continue smoking.' If you quit smoking, you will add years to your life."

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