Glass of wine before cigarette ‘can prevent damage’

Is it a smoker’s dream? Red wine offsets the bad effects of cigarette smoking, a new study shows. Just don’t take the news at face value, researchers stress. Rather, the study shows the benefits of antioxidants found in wine protecting cells from the most serious damage, they say. Their report comes from the European Society of Cardiology, meeting this week in Vienna.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new study suggests that drinking a glass of red wine before smoking can prevent some of the harm caused by cigarettes.
  • Red wine contains chemicals that protect against short-term damage to the lining of blood vessels.
  • However, the study focused on young, healthy non-smokers, so it is not clear whether the findings would apply to the elderly, sick, or habitual smokers.

“A glass of red wine before lighting up can prevent some of the harm caused by smoking, researchers claim.”