Smoking takes 5 hours off your life expectancy per day

Smoking takes 5 hours off your life expectancy per day

Smoke, eat meat and drink alcohol and you are losing time every day for the rest of your very much shortened life…

“I’m taking lifelong habits and looking at how they affect people on average, convert it to a daily rate.  The whole idea is to make a comparison about healthy activities and bad activities.  If you’re a smoker, it’s like you’re moving at your death as if you were living 29 hours a day - its accelerated aging.  It’s a bit of a metaphor — you’re getting older quicker rather than living just a bit less”
British Statistician David Spiegelhalter.

Here are David Spiegelhalter statistical estimates based on various life expectancy studies and hours gained or lost per day:

  • Smoking (15-24 cigarettes per day): -five hours
  • Alcohol Drinking: -15 minutes per subsequent drink per day
  • Sedentary behavior: -30 minutes per two hours of TV watching
  • Eating red meat: -30 minutes per three ounces of red meat consumed
  • Fruit & vegetables: five servings per day: +two hours
  • Exercise: +one hour for first 20 minutes, +30 minutes for every additional 40 minutes

Study published on Monday December 17, 2012 in the British Medical Journal.  As reported by RSS Feed Print on December 17, 2012. 

Posted: Sunday 20 January 2013

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