Time of Morning Smoke and Lung Cancer Risk Linked

the MPR take:

If you reach for a cigarette first thing in the morning, you may be at an increased risk of lung cancer vs. waiting until later in the day. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute of ;3,249 ever-smokers showed that smokers with time to first cigarette after waking (TTFC) >60 minutes had lower lung cancer incidence rates vs. those who smoked <60 minutes TTFC. While not smoking at all is the best health practice, TTFC could be helpful in lung cancer screening and smoking cessation programs.

Time of Morning Smoke and Lung Cancer Risk Linked
Time of Morning Smoke and Lung Cancer Risk Linked

Background: Targeting smokers at higher lung cancer risk can improve efficiency and reduce false-positive detection in lung cancer screening. We evaluated whether time to first cigarette after waking (TTFC), a single-item measure of nicotine dependency, could improve stratification of lung cancer risk beyond standard smoking metrics (intensity, duration, and pack-years).

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