Your Health: Jul. 1, 2002

LESS IS MORE Sure, you bum a cigarette now and then, but you're not really a smoker, right? Wrong. When it comes to cardiovascular disease and lighting up, a little may be just as bad as a lot. Researchers looking at the lining of blood vessels were surprised to find the same damage whether the subjects smoked a pack a week or a pack a day. Meanwhile, the most comprehensive review to date of the effects of smoking firmly links it to a broad range of malignancies, including cancers of the stomach, liver, cervix and kidney.

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