One Cigarette a Day – Is That Okay?

One Cigarette a Day – Is That Okay?

Not everyone can quit smoking cold turkey. Others give up entirely on the idea of smoking and decide that they will cut back their habit to a single cigarette a day. Is this a good idea or is there still some serious danger to consider? Let’s take a look.

Before you decide to cut back on cigarettes instead of abandoning them entirely, you need to consider what your reasons are for wanting to reduce your habit. Are you looking out for your health? Are you concerned about the long-term implications of smoking- perhaps contracting cancer or other serious diseases? Are you worried that your habit is affecting the health of others around you or your relationships with them?single cigarette a day

You should keep in mind that even if you greatly reduce your habit, you are still going to have the same impact on all these factors. You may not affect them as severely, but they will still be affected. Your health will still deteriorate. You will still be at great risk for various kinds of cancer. And you will still cause harm through second hand smoke to the people you spend the most time with. If your loved one is hurt or bothered by your cigarette use, they will still be affected even if you are cutting back to a single cigarette a day.

You may be holding off your cancer a little longer or giving yourself a little more time on the clock, but you are still hurting your body. The only way to greatly reduce your risk of cancer, greatly alleviate the symptoms of smoking and get your health back on track is to stop smoking entirely. Every cigarette you smoke is harming you. There is no safe amount. Every cigarette builds up tar inside your lungs and brings you that much closer to cancer, emphysema and other serious medical conditions.

If you want to put a stop to that, then you have to put a stop to your smoking. It is that simple. If you need help quitting, then there are many ways to get that help. You can start with those around you who want to see you quit and who care about your health. Build a support group there and seek out further help if it is needed.

You can find help through various quit smoking organizations. Every state has its own dedicated quit smoking network you can use for help. On top of that, there are national agencies as well as support groups near to you.

You can also employ quitting aids, such as nicotine patches, chewing gum and much more. You do not have to quit alone, but you should definitely quit. Cutting back is not the answer to the problems that smoking is causing you. Only quitting can really help.  If you are serious about changing your life and making an impact on your health and your future, then you need to quit, not just cut back.


  1. I was hoping to read that it would be OK….
    But I’m thankful for the truth.
    I had it in my hand ready to light…
    I’m tucked in bed now wrapping up Day 2 of no smoking.
    Thank you for the honesty encouragement.

  2. lol jeff and paul sucks to be us. I quit cold turkey exactly 7 days ago and I just had to have one cigarette right now but decided not to.

  3. Of course they are not going to say sure one a day is perfectly fine…… this is a stop smoking I would really like an honest answer because I really don’t believe that one a day is going to be the final nail in your coffin!

  4. Imagine smoking a cig. with a cup of coffee -early morning when it’s raining and you are off from work and you just want to relax your brain for few minutes – Just 1 ciggerette please-it can’t be worst than the gas fumes on freeways. Sometimes I think healthcare folks are afraid that if they allow 1 ciggerette per day people would go back to a pack per day… I’d love to hear the response from a smoker pulmnologist.

  5. I guess I want to know;

    How does 3 a day effect my lung capacity?

    What happens to my blood pressure?

    Will my lungs clear up at all?

    What does 3 interfere with my ❤?

  6. Iv cut to 4 mg nicotex chewing gum a day.There is almost nil craving. It has been about a month.After 30 years of ten tobacco pouch chewing plus 10 time tobacco at 62 I don’t want serious withdrawl symptoms. I know its still harmful but very difficult to stop in Toto.However I’m not a slave to tobacco as before.

    • how do you get cigarettes in the first place ethan? i started at 13. worse thing i ever did mate. reply if you need help dude

    • I am 55 years old, I started smoking at 11 years old! I now have 8 stents in my heart. I got the last 3 three weeks ago. While doing the procedure I went into Ventilator Tackacarta they had to use electric shock to bring me back. If I don’t quit they said I will die sooner than later. I’m on week one now, it is a nightmare you can’t wake up from! My mother is 77 and a non smoker and she has more energy than me!! I can’t do alot of things I love to do anymore! For your on sake quit now to make it easier on yourself! The longer you wait the harder it is..Best wishes

  7. Try snus they have done many studies in Sweden. They have been using it for over 40 years. I’m 57 years old. Been smoking 2 to 2 1/2 packs a day for 45 years. Started using snus 5 weeks ago. Haven’t had a cigarette since. No spitting required. Only thing they have ever found was, you have a 10% greater chance then a non user of getting gum cancer.

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