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Long Term Effects on Life Expectancy From Quitting Smoking

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Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has uncovered some interesting stats on life expectancy and smoking.

  • smoking has declined since the 1960’s from 40% to 20%
  • modern cigarettes have less tar and the rate of death from vascular disease has declined
  • more than 50% of people who ever smoked have quit
  • women are no more protected from the consequences of smoking than men
  • smokers have not benefited as much from advances in medicine
  • quitting between 25-34 years old gains 10 years of life compared to those who continued to smoke
  • quitting between 35-44 years old gains you 9 years
  • quitting between 45-59 years old gains you 4 to 6 years of life expectancy

Can read the New York Times article here:

Well: Long Term Effects on Life Expectancy From Smoking

NYT > Health

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