Listen to The Perfect Scam Podcast and Nominate It for a People’s Choice Podcast Award! Find Out More
by Barbara Basler, AARP Bulletin, December 4, 2008|Comments: 0
Myth: Low-tar “light” cigarettes aren’t as harmful as regular cigarettes.
Facts: The use of light cigarettes increases dramatically as age, education and income levels increase, experts say. You might think those statistics suggest that informed people know what’s best for them, but in fact, people who smoke light cigarettes aren’t protecting themselves. The Office of the Surgeon General has concluded that low-tar or low-nicotine cigarettes are not appreciably safer than regular cigarettes. Smoking any kind of tobacco can cause lung cancer, stroke and heart disease. “There is no safe cigarette, whether it’s called ‘light,’ ‘ultra-light’ or any other name,” says Matthew McKenna, M.D., director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “The science is clear: The only way to avoid the health hazards of smoking is to quit completely or to never start.”
Barbara Basler is a senior editor at AARP Bulletin Today.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.
Driver Safety (0)
Tax Aide (0)
Entertainment & Dining (0)
Healthcare & Insurance (0)
Financial Services & Insurance (0)
Member Local Offers (0)
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
Members save on eye exams and eyewear at participating locations.
Members earn points on select Walgreens brand health and wellness products.
Free telephone-administered confidential hearing test for AARP members.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at