Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Heavy Smoking or Light Smoking - Is There a Difference?

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Heavy Smoking or Light Smoking - Is There a Difference?

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Heavy Smoking or Light Smoking -- Is There a Difference?

Although the percentage of smokers in the United States has declined during the past thirty years, the proportion of heavy smokers has increased. (Heavy smoking is usually defined as using twenty-five cigarettes or more a day.)

The consequence of these statistics is that a particular segment of the population is at a higher risk for cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative illnesses -- in addition to the peril posed to nonsmokers who inhale the polluted air.

Because use of tobacco could have an addictive base, with nicotine serving as a form of drug dependence, the question of dependency arises. Are light smokers just as severely addicted as heavy users?

An interesting study investigated this particular phenomenon to determine whether high or low levels made a difference in the addictive process (E.R. Gritz and M.E. Jarvik who reported to the American Psychological Association, 81st Annual Convention). …

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