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Study: Morning Smokers at Greater Risk for Cancer

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HERSHEY, Penn.) -- Waking up and lighting up may be especially harmful to your health, according to a recent study.

Medpage reports that smokers who smoke a cigarette within half an hour of waking have a 59 percent higher risk of developing head and neck cancer and are at a 79 percent greater risk for developing lung cancer than those who wait at least an hour before their first smoke.

Joshua E. Muscat, PhD, of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Penn., and colleagues found that smokers who lit up their first cigarette within 31 to 60 minutes after waking were at a significantly elevated cancer risk.

Researchers also pointed out that people who habitually smoke in the morning generally have a stronger nicotine dependence.

The study similarly compared cancer risks in two cohorts, reported separately.

One study at New York-area academic center hospitals sampled 1,055 head and neck cancer patients and 795 controls -- all with a history of smoking cigarettes.

The other study sampled 4,775 newly-diagnosed lung cancer cases and 2,835 controls -- all former or current cigarette smokers, at the same group of academic hospitals.

Not surprisingly, researchers also found that habitual smoking and a greater number of cigarettes smoked per day were linked to higher lung cancer risk.

The findings were reported online in Cancer.

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World Marks 'No Tobacco Day'

AbleStock[dot]com/Hemera Technologies(NEW YORK) -- Americans along with others around the world are gearing up to acknowledge World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday.

The World health Organization (WHO) has chosen “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” as the theme for the 2011 installment of World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday.

According to statistics provided by the WHO, tobacco kills almost six million people worldwide every year. Of that number, more than five million are either current or formers tobacco users, while over 600,000 are said to be individuals exposed to second-hand smoke.

The WHO says that tobacco could contribute to the cause of death for as much as one billion people in the 21st century.

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