As far as being a smoker goes, that's really not bad at all. But smoking still increases the chances of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. As long as she is smoking regularly, there is still a higher risk of it. Remember that smoking cigarettes isn't a SURE way to get cancer, but there are definitely some other health problems that come with it. And it's a slippery slope... if she's smoking 2 or 3 a day now, how many will she be smoking a year from now?
You can get cancer from secondary smoke, but no one can answer your question dear. We all have cancer cells in us ..It depends on the entire life style for one thing, but smoking is considered bad no matter how few one smokes. Just tell your mom you are concerned for her health [and yours too if she smokes around you] and if she might consider quitting. It is a habit hard to break tho, so be patient. .
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The more she uses tobacco the greater the risk. This is a function of both number per week and total life years smoked. 60 years of smoking 3 cigs a week= 30 years of 6 cigs a week, and 15 years of 12 cigs a week and 7.5 years of 24 cigs a week=1 pack per week for 7.5 years. You get the idea. So this is equivalent of 1 pack per day for 7.5 years if she smokes 3 per day. It a gamble. Some people get lucky and some don't. Most people are idiots and base there view on their own personal experience. Will it eventually become more per week ?/Likewise the less you smoke the more you save in cash. So in todays dollars 7.5 years at 1 pack per week = around 380 packs. Lets round it to 400. Lets say 7 dollars a pack=2800 dollars. If she is doing 3 cigs per day now multiply it by 7 and your talking a little less than 21 thousand dollars. I used to smoke 2 packs a day. My mom died of smoking related lung cancer. My dad also smoked and got smoking related lung cancer. That said it is a torturous way to die.
Not to be too in depth but the cause of cancer is not cut and dry. Things may help in the mutation of cells (cancer) but as is currently known you cannot say that someone is more likely to get cancer. We all technically will get cancer, cells grow old and stop working properly but whether or not it proliferates into other systems or stays benign is what conventional people call getting cancer. No one can with any certainty answer your question but merely tell you that your mother has an elevated risk or many illnesses especially those of the airway.