Smokers who think low-tar cigarettes are less hazardous to their health have now been proven wrong.
A new study in the British Medical Journal confirms what experts have long suspected. Study results show smokers of low-tar, or light and ultra light, cigarettes have the same risk of getting lung cancer as those who smoke conventional, or medium, cigarettes.
Pam Smith, RN runs a Cooper Clayton smoking cessation class at Greenview Regional Hospital and says some smokers try to quit with low-tar.
"Our participants have usually tried various methods of stopping smoking," Smith says.
"Using the low-tar cigarettes, you know, or just rationing cigarettes throughout the day."
She says these methods tend not to work. Instead, Smith believes a support group like the one she runs is the best way to help kick the habit.
Cooper Clayton smoking cessation classes are held at several locations in Bowling Green throughout the year.
To find out more, you can call these numbers:
Pam Smith at Greenview Regional Hospital 270-793-5160
The Medical Center's Health and Wellness Center 270-745-1010
Barren River District Health Department 270-781-8039
Overview of Tobacco Use
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/overview/30yrs2t.htm (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).