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First Morning Cigarette May Predict Lung Cancer Risk

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:47:05 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The amount of time it takes for you to reach for that first cigarette of the day may impact your risk for lung cancer, according to new research.

While nicotine dependency can be attributed to the number of cigarettes smoked per day, the duration of smoking, and number of packs, another marker of addiction is the time to first cigarette, or TTFC.

The study, published Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, says TTFC influences lung cancer risk in both heavy and light smokers.

Researchers analyzed data from the Environment and Genetics in Lung Cancer Etiology (EAGLE) study of current and former smokers in Italy and the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer screening trial in the United States.

Those with TTFC of more than one hour had lesser chances of getting the disease compared to those with shorter times.

Experts say assessing the time frame may improve cancer-risk prediction and could be useful in lung cancer screening and smoking cessation programs.

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