Monday, August 8th, 2011
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When Not To Smoke

"People who smoke within the first half hour of waking up are 79 percent more likely to have lung cancer than people who wait at least an hour after waking up to smoke, according to new research published in the journal Cancer. People who smoke first thing after waking up also have a 59 percent higher risk of head and neck cancers, compared to people who wait a bit before smoking, according to the research. And researchers also found that the chances of developing cancer based on the time of the day of the first smoke were independent of other smoking habits."
—A study has found that if you wait 31 minutes after waking up to smoke you will never get cancer. Or at least that's how I'm interpreting it.

Photo by Ronald Peret

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megantothemax (#22,065)

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to wait 32 minutes just to be on the safe side.

By not using my penis for the first 30 minutes of my waking day, I've successfully avoided prostate cancer.

Aloysius (#1,808)

Smoke all your day's cigarettes in the half hour before bed and live forever.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Does "snooze" time count toward the 30 minutes?

paperbackwriter (#2,844)

I love scientific studies that churn out dubious factoids like this. People who smoke within 30 minutes of waking up probably fucking smoke more than people who wait an hour, so of course they're more likely to get cancer, what with the smoking more than other people thing. Science: It Makes You Wonder!

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

@paperbackwriter Look more closely. "…researchers also found that the chances of developing cancer based on the time of the day of the first smoke were independent of other smoking habits." Presumably they were able to control for the simple fact that some people smoke more cigarettes than others.

There are plausible mechanisms here. For example, I would guess that the condition of mucus membranes in the throat is different in the morning than at other times during the day. (If you are reading this, Cancer study authors, you can use that. Fo' free.)

flossy (#1,402)

There are smokers who wait a full half-hour before their first cigarette? Pics or that never happens.

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