Now that we have a better understanding of how smoking causes cancer, let’s try to answer a common question among smokers: how many cigarettes cause cancer?
Many people accept that heavy smoking increases the risk of cancer, but those who only smoke occasionally, or only go through a stick or two daily, feel as though they are in the clear.
However, the phrase “everything in moderation” doesn’t apply to smoking.
Authorities state that there is no safe level of smoking. They reiterate that even a stick a day over your lifetime can lead to smoking-related cancers.
In Other Words, Light and Social Smokers Are Not Safe
We don’t have a standard definition of “light smoking,” but some reports say it’s when you smoke less than a pack, less than 15 sticks, or less than 10 sticks daily. Others say it’s when you light 1 to 39 cigs a week.
There’s also no standard definition for social or intermittent smoking, but many agree it’s when you don’t smoke daily.
And while it’s easy to believe that light and social smoking is “better” than heavy smoking (at least 25 cigs per day), experts say they still pose many dangers, including: