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'Light' cigarettes still pose health hazards

Posted On Wed, September 29, 2010

More than 400,000 people die every year because of tobacco-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the well-known health hazards associated with smoking, people continue to do so.

Cigarette companies began to market "light cigarettes" after research began to point to the serious health consequences of smoking. However, the term "light" may have deceived many consumers into thinking the product was less harmful to their health. Health officials say even supposedly "light" tobacco cigarettes pose a health hazard and have barred companies from claiming otherwise.

"The public health history here is a tragedy because for decades millions of Americans used these products under some expectation that the products would be less risky," says Food and Drug Administration head of tobacco products Lawrence Deyton. "In fact, many who use 'light' cigarettes don't quit smoking because they mistakenly think they have reduced the health hazards of their cigarettes."

Those who smoke any type of cigarette will find themselves paying higher life insurance premiums because of the well-known harmful health effects tobacco has.

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