Smokers who quit live longer at any age
The researchers looked over 17 different studies from the U.S., China, Australia, Japan, England, Spain and France that followed almost one million people for up to 50 years.
The researchers found that compared with people who have never smoked; smokers over the age of 60 were 83% more likely to die.
However, former smokers over the age of 60 were only 34% more likely to die.
Quitting smoking after you turn 60 reduces your risk of premature death by 28%.
The researchers said that the bottom line was “current smokers show highest absolute mortality rates in all studies”.
The World Health Organization states “one out of every two smokers will die from smoking”.
In The Los Angeles article that reported on the study, Dr. Tai Hing Lam of the University of Hong Kong said “…among those who smoke from a young age, it’s more like two out of three who will die from smoking”.
Study by three experts from the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, as published Monday June 11, 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. As reported by The Los Angeles Times on June 11, 2012.