Smoking's Horrendous, But if You Must Do It, Quit Before You're Thirty to Add 10 Years to Your Life

By Sam Gibbs on at

Unsurprisingly, smoking's lethal, but apparently if you manage to quit before you're thirty there's a chance you'll tack another 10 years onto your life. And no, one to nine cigarettes a day, aka 'light smoking,' doesn't make a difference -- the fags will still kill you.

New research published in The Lancet, studying some 1.2 million women over 12 years, showed that people smoking past 30 and into their 40s and 50s, were three times more likely to die prematurely than their non-smoking counterparts, in one of the biggest studies of its kind ever performed. In fact, it didn't really matter how many cigarettes you smoked per day, as the study showed that any level of smoking impacted on the participants' life expectancy. It's not exactly a nice way to go either, as diseases like lung cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease or stroke were the primary culprits.

Basically, the study truly hammers home that you shouldn't smoke, and that you should quit right now, not when you, errr, get round to it. More than half of those who continue to smoke are killed by it. Seriously, we're talking 10 years of life here, for that little white stick you shove in your gob. Quit folks. Quit right now. [The Lancet via BBC]

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