I am reading an article which shows Hazard Ratios for continuous variables, but I'm not sure how to interpret the given values.
My current understanding of hazard ratios is that the number represents the relative likelihood of [event] given some condition. E.g: if the hazard ratio for death from lung cancer given smoking (a binary event) is 2, then smokers were twice as likely to die in the monitored time period than non-smokers.
Looking on wikipedia, the interpretation for continuous variables is that the hazard ratio applies to a unit of difference. This makes sense to me for ordinal variables (e.g number of cigarettes smoked a day), but I don't know how to apply this concept to continuous variables (e.g. grams of nicotine smoked a day?)