Longtime Smokers Lose a Decade of Life

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Adding to the arsenal of evidence that smoking is bad for you, a large new study indicates that lifetime smokers cut 10 years off their life expectancy — a decade they can gain back if they quit before age 35.

Using data from more than 200,000 Americans, researchers also found that the death rate for current smokers is three times as high as those who never smoked, with most of the extra deaths caused by smoking-related conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases.

Experts hailed the study as landmark, noting that similar studies in the United States were done decades ago or on groups of people who didn’t represent the general population.

Learn more about this study and why it’s never too late to quit.



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