Shorter time to the first cigarette of the day raises risk of lung cancer

Washington: A new study has found that the lesser the time is to the first cigarette, higher are the changes of contracting lung cancer.

Fangyi Gu, M.D., of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, and his team found that the risk of lung cancer was statistically significantly higher in both heavy and light smokers with shorter time to first cigarette.

However, screening studies are needed to confirm the connection of lung cancer risk to the time to first cigarette of the day.

The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.