Certain cigarettes are marketed as ‘light’ or ‘mild’. When analysed by a smoking machine, the smoke from a ‘light’ or ‘mild’ cigarette has a lower yield of cancer-causing tar than the smoke from a regular cigarette. However, a machine cannot predict how much tar a smoker inhales. Also, studies have shown that changes in cigarette design have not lowered the risk of disease caused by cigarettes. ‘Light’ or ‘mild’ cigarettes do not reduce tobacco-related health risks. People who smoke any kind of cigarette are at higher risk of lung cancer, oesophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, cervix, and acute myeloid leukaemia than people who do not smoke.
The only proven way to reduce the health risks associated with smoking is to quit as soon as possible. Much support is available to help you achieve this vital health goal. A good place to start is the QUITnow website.