A lot of smokers need a cigarette immediately after waking up or with their morning coffee. Early-morning smoking, however, may improve morning blood pressure surge and cardiovascular disease risk.
It is known that tobacco smoking increases the risk of dying from coronary heart disease 2 – 3 fold. According to a new study, however, a short time to first cigarette after waking may improve morning blood pressure even by 15 mmHg for about 30 minutes.
The earlier you smoke, the greater risk do you have?
Blood pressure changes may be greater with earlier time to first cigarette. A recent study evaluated the relationship between wake-up smoking and hypertension risk in 211 male Korean smokers.
Although early-morning smoke may induce a morning blood pressure surge, researchers could not confirm that earlier nicotine intake improves cardiovascular risk.
However, the relationship between early-morning smoke and risk of cancer, especially lung and upper airway cancer is well known. People who smoke within the first 30 minutes after waking up, are 79% more likely to have lung cancer.
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