Does the Length of a Cigarette Influence Your Risk of Lung Cancer?


A new study reported from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that smokers of long or ultralong cigarettes are at greater risk for lung and oral cancer than smokers of regular and king-sized cigarettes. They said “We found that smokers of long or ultralong cigarettes have higher concentrations of tobacco specific carcinogens in their urine than smokers of regular or king-sized cigarettes.”

Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2010 the urine tests of 3,600 smokers of regular, king-sized, long or ultralong cigarettes were compared, Fifty three percent of the smokers used king sized cigarettes whereas smokers of long and ultra-long cigarettes comprised 31.5 percent and smokers of regular sized cigarettes comprised 15.4 percentĀ  of the sample. There was significantly higher levels of NNAL, an indicator of tobacco specific carcinogen, in the urine of those smoking long or ultralong cigarettes than those smoking regular or king-sized cigarettes. They also found that older smokers, non-Hispanic blacks, and females had a greater tendency to smoke long or ultralong cigarettes. Researchers concluded that “This study indicates that there is an added risk to those smoking long or ultralong cigarettes.”



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