Study: Smokers who quit by 40 can live almost as long as non-smokers

Associated Press Published: January 24, 2013
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Smokers who quit while still young can live almost as long as people who never smoked, new Canadian research has found.

While it’s estimated that smoking cuts at least 10 years off a person’s lifespan, new analysis from researchers at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital finds that people who quit smoking before the age of 40 regain almost all of those potentially lost years.



“The most important message is that quitting works,” lead researcher Dr. Prabhat Jha told CTV News. “Cessation of smoking at an early age -- even up to age 40 -- avoids about 90 per cent of the risk of continuing to smoke.

“And the risk is big. Smokers are looking at a decade of life lost, a decade of good life lost.”

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Source: (H/T The Daily Caller)

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