Recent scientific studies bring bad news for occasional smokers! You do not have to be a heavy smoker to put your health at a significantly higher risk of getting cancer thus increasing your chance of dying much earlier.

According to a recent study, published in JAMA journal, people who regularly smoked an average of one cigarette per day over the course of their lifetime have a 64 percent rate to more likely die an early death than people who hadn’t smoked in their lives.

That figure, with a significant increase rose to 87 percent for people who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes per day.

In the research, the scientists studied data on over 250,000 adults ages 59 to 82 who participated in a national survey. Participants were asked about their smoking behavior during various periods through their lifetime, from before they were 15 years old through the time they turned 70.

When looking at the cause of death, the researchers found a concrete connection to smoking and the increase of lung cancer rate. Participants in the study who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetime had over eight times the risk of dying from lung diseases than those who had never smoked. As for those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes per day, the risk of dying from lung cancer was over eleven times more than the risk seen among non-smokers.

The study also showed that those who smoked nearly a pack a day had almost 7 times higher risk of death by respiratory disorder, and have about 1.5 times higher chance of death by heart disease.

The study has several limitations, including that the participants were mostly white and in their old age. “A series of future research would involve a younger demographic with diverse racial and ethnic groups to learn more about the effects of low-intensity smoking,” reported the participating researchers.