Smoking proven to kill women 10 years younger

Smoking proven to kill women 10 years younger

It is a no brainer obviously.  Quitting smoking is the single most important thing for your health – and your children’s health – that you will ever do.  There is nothing more important to your health than breaking this destructive, deadly, generational drug addiction.

The bottom line from the research just published in The Lancet on October 26, 2012, covers information learned through Great Britain’s Million Women Study:

  • Women smokers are three times more likely to die in the next 10 years than non-smokers
  • The researchers who followed one million women found those who smoked a pack a day starting in their teens reduced life expectancy by an average of 11 years
  • This threefold increased risk of death means that two-thirds of all deaths of female smokers in their 50s, 60s and 70s are caused by smoking
  • Women who stopped smoking by their mid-30s, the risk of all-cause death was hardly different from never-smokers
  • Those quitting at 35 to 44 were at 20% greater risk of death than never-smokers
  • Those quitting at 45 to 54 were at 56% increased risk of death than never-smokers

Sir Richard Peto, of the University of Oxford in England said: “If women smoke like men, they die like men - but, whether they are men or women, smokers who stop before reaching middle age will on average gain about an extra 10 years of life”.

Kirstin Pirie, MSc, of the University of Oxford in England said: “Even cessation at about 50 years of age avoids at least two-thirds of the continuing smoker’s excess mortality in later middle age”.

Sandra Adams, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio said: “We knew that, as people age and they continue to smoke, they have a lot of smoking-related diseases, and the earlier that they stop the better.  But what this demonstrates is that the smoking-related deaths have been markedly underestimated in women”.

Rachel R. Huxley, PhD, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and Mark Woodward, MD, of the University of Sydney in Australia said: “The Million Women Study is distinct from previous large cohorts - and superior for assessment among women of the full eventual hazards of prolonged smoking and the full benefits of long-term cessation - because the participants were among the first generation of women in the U.K. in which smoking was widespread in early adult life, and although many continued smoking, many stopped before age 30 or 40 years.  These new results suggest that the projected burden of smoking-related disease in women might need to be revised upwards”.

Study by Pirie K, et al “The 21st century hazards of smoking and benefits of stopping: a prospective study of one million women in the UK” as published in The Lancet October 26, 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61720-6.  The Million Women Study had a total of more than 1.3 million enrolled from 1996 to 2001 including 620,000 never-smokers at recruitment, 329,000 who had quit at some point in the past, and 232,000 who reported current smoking.  The data on their rates of death via death certificates were taken from Great Britain’s comprehensive registry.  As reported by MedPage Today on October 26, 2012.

Posted: Monday 29 October 2012