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Smoking Steals 10 Years from Women

November 26, 2013

A study involving 1.2 million women made some sobering discoveries about how smoking impacts women’s health:

  • “two-thirds of all deaths of smokers in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are caused by smoking;”
  • “of the 30 most common causes of death, 23 were increased significantly in smokers;”
  • “smokers lose at least 10 years of lifespan.”

The authors found that “Stopping before age 40 years (and preferably well before age 40 years) avoids more than 90% of the excess mortality (death) caused by continuing smoking; stopping before age 30 years avoids more than 97% of it.”

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