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Light Cigarettes: Still Really BAD for You

I have heard the query recently - "Are light cigarettes better for me?" Interesting question, but I'm fairly certain we all know the answer to that one.

NO - "Light" or "Low-tar" cigarettes are NOT better for you because they are still cigarettes, and they still contain nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, and other toxic chemicals. Inhaling these poisonous toxins causes emphysema, and many kinds of cancer including lung, bladder, kidney, cervix, throat, mouth, esophagus, pancreas and stomach and some types of leukemia (cancer of the blood). Smoking also causes wrinkles, makes your breath stink, stains your teeth and causes asthma and other respiratory problems. "Light" cigarettes are no different.

Here's the proof: A recent study performed in Turkey tested 62 adults in their 20s - 20 who smoked regular cigarettes, 20 who used light cigarettes and 22 who’d never smoked.

The researchers tested the participants coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR), a measure of how well blood flow speeds up to aid the heart when it’s under increased demands. CFVR reflects the overall functioning of the network of small blood vessels that feed the heart.

Even before the test began, the researchers found that smokers already have poorer CFVR levels than non-smokers. After smoking a few cigarettes, their CFVR levels decreased even more.

What was the study's conclusion? The decrease in CFVR was virtually the same whether the cigarettes were "Light" or "Regular."

Fit's Tips: If you smoke and you're looking to quit, here are some tips for dealing with the cravings. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to for more info on how to quit. Quitting smoking is way too hard to do alone, so you my want to think about joining a support group.


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kliz03 kliz03 8 years
The how to quit smoking links you had on your website were great. I wanted to pass along a site I found that has a few basic videos showing how to quit smoking. I'm not sure if you're interested in how to videos, but I found these useful when I was quitting.
Anita-Cigarette Anita-Cigarette 10 years
light or not, i'm still going to smoke them. xo
Yoonyah Yoonyah 10 years
my father used to smoke up to three packes a day - marlboro red
Yoonyah Yoonyah 10 years
2 cigs a week isn´t anything to worry about - I smoke 20 cigs a day: but only light and filter cigarettes! and: I am willing to change to ultra lights if they are healthier than lights.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
My finace smokes 2 cigs a week and I hate it. Every time he goes outside to smoke I give him a sad look. I tell him that I love him and want to be with him for as long as possible, and want him to be healthy, but he doesn't think 2 a week is anything to worry about! I won't stop until he does.
Yoonyah Yoonyah 10 years
I think I gut irrevsersible damage - I smoke for 14 years now !!!
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
ugh i used to smoke light cigarettes and i am SO MAD at myself for ever smoking in the first place. what the crap was i thinking? i guess i wasnt. i havent smoked in seven months and could never EVER smoke another one. i just hope i didnt do irreversible damage.
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
Good for you krisua!
Yoonyah Yoonyah 10 years
I only smoke light cigarettes - I would like to know about ultra lights as well
krisua krisua 10 years
I smoked my last cigarette on new year's eve and hasn't touched a cigarette ever since. It wasn't hard for me since I was really just a "social smoker" and never REALLY liked the taste anyway.
smccauley06 smccauley06 10 years
Of course any type of cigerette is bad. People need to see the damage this is doing to them.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I would say "tell the world! put it on the cartons!" But they already have warnings with disgusting pictures on them now and smokers don't listen. I listen to my friend talk about wanting to be healthy so she's going to eat healthy, and just gives me a dirty look when I suggest maybe quitting the smoking might help.
junebrug junebrug 10 years
What about ultra-lights? :)
the-clam the-clam 10 years
American Spirit-type "all natural" cigarettes are just as bad for you, too.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I'm so throwing that table up on my MySpace page! So many of my friends have convinced themselves that light cigarettes are okay.
megagirl megagirl 10 years
I actually heard (this was when I was younger, maybe in DARE or something, so I don't know if it's still accurate) that light cigarettes turned out, in the end, to be worse for people, because they would think they could smoke more of them and so would end up ingesting more tar, etc. than they would have otherwise.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
Wait, there are really people who think that light cigarettes are better than regular cigarettes? Are these the same people that think toking is good for you too?
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