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:
- Stomach, pancreatic, esophageal, and lung cancers
- Respiratory tract infections
- Cardiovascular diseases due to damaged blood vessels and clogged arteries
One Study Revealed The Risks
There might be no exact answer to the question, how many cigarettes cause cancer, but a group of researchers compared the risks between heavy and light or social smokers.