Occasional smokers are a frustrating and, quite often, deluded breed.
They don’t consider themselves smokers but, after a couple of pints, tend to head outside begging for cigarettes off friends and strangers alike.
Worse still, these people tend to be under the misguided delusion that their occasional smoking is harmless compared with your 10 to 20-a-day habit.
However, new research may be about to put that particular logic to bed once and for all.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, smoking even one cigarette a day results in a pretty significant increase in the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke later in life.
How much of an increase? According to the study from the BMJ, people smoking one cigarette a day are around 50 per cent as likely to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke compared with those smoking 20 a day.
“No safe level of smoking exists for cardiovascular disease,” they stated.
“Smokers should aim to quit instead of cutting down to significantly reduce their risk of these two common major disorders.”
The research took into account 55 different publications and a whopping 141 studies dating all the way back to 1946 – just in case any casual smokers wanted to argue the toss on this one.
Men who smoked one cigarette a day had a 48 per cent greater chance of coronary heart disease while the figure was set around 57 per cent among women.
Men and women were aslo 25 and 31 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke than non smokers.
So what is the solution? Quit. Quit right now. In fact, if you’re a casual smoker then there’s really no excuse – you’re not even addicted! Stop! Now!
And don’t switch over to vaping just yet either – the jury is still most definitely out on whether that’s as safe as people think.