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.
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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