Smoking is bad for your health. We've known that for decades. Now, the focus is turning more towards "how bad is it" and "when is it the worst," either so smokers who can't give it up can smoke "safely," or just because we're curious. According to a new study in CANCER, the journal for the American Cancer Society, the answers to those questions, respectively, are : "It's really bad" and "it's even worse first thing in the morning."
Now, if you talk to a smoker, they'll probably tell you cigarettes are the best in the morning, and at lunch, and right before bed, and after a few drinks, but the study shows that compared to smokers who wait an hour before pulling out the pack, smokers who light up within 31-60 minutes after waking up are 1.31 times more likely to develop lung cancer, and smokers who smoke a bogey in the first 30 minutes are 1.79 times as likely.