Researchers have shown a link between the first cigarette, the alarm clock and the risk of lung cancer, neck and head.

Smokers, take time to enjoy your breakfast before lighting a cigarette! This is perhaps a matter of life or death. If you are able to wait a while, skip the first “fag”, the alarm clock, and take the second with a half-hour late, it’s much better for your health, say doctors. Indeed, smoking in half an hour after waking up would increase the risk of lung cancer, neck and head. This is the astonishing discovery that researchers have just made ​​the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey (Pennsylvania).

Increased risk of lung cancer, neck and head

A comparative study: The team of Dr. Joshua Muscat has studied the medical records and compared the behavior of 4775 smokers addicts to tobacco very, all suffering from lung cancer, with records and other habits of 2835 heavy smokers who had not contracted the disease. They classified these individuals into three groups: those who smoked when they get up, those who waited half an hour and those who were waiting an hour or more. They discovered that individuals who “burn out” their first cigarette within half an hour after waking were 1.79 times more likely to develop cancer, while those who wait between half an hour to an hour before lighting up “only” 1.31 times more likely to be sick lung.


A second study: The doctors wanted to know what it was for cancers of the head and neck caused by tobacco. They then performed the same type of study of 1055 smokers and 795 smokers with cancer unaffected by the disease. The researchers found the same phenomenon: compared to those who smoked more than 60 minutes after waking, who lit a cigarette half an hour earlier had 42% additional risk of developing cancer of the head and neck and those who lit upon awakening were 59% more risk.

Most addicts who swallow the smoke are more at risk

More nicotine: Joshua Muscat said that smokers who can not help to light their first cigarette from waking, would be “much more dependent than other tobacco.” This dependence could be linked to genetic or environmental factors. These smokers have also “doses of nicotine and tobacco higher in their organization.”

Delete the first cigarette: Dr Muscat has failed to demonstrate that delay the first cigarette of a half hour or an hour would be enough to reduce the risk of cancer. But he advises, however, to do so. He thinks that a smoker more “attack early” in the morning, the more addicted and more blood contains nicotine and other toxic substances contained in cigarettes. A 2009 study had already shown that smoking very early risers had highest rate of nicotine than those who had patience.

Inhaled smoke: In an interview with the BBC , Robert West, one of American researchers in cancer and explains the results: “The more a person smokes his first cigarette rapidly, the greater the amount of smoke inhaled is important, and more exposure to carcinogens is high. ” “It’s the least amount of smoking that account that the way they are smoked,” says Dr Muscat. And denounce him as the risks of smoking “too quickly, drawing heavily on a cigarette and swallowing the smoke.”