Smoking is even more deadly than previously thought
A four-year analysis of 200,000 Australian health records shows that smoking cuts 10 years off the average smoker’s life and is directly linked to around 70% of deaths in current smokers.
This is much higher than previous international estimates of 50%.
“We all know that smoking is bad for your health. But until now we haven’t had direct large-scale evidence from Australia about just how bad it is. We’ve been relying on evidence from other countries”
Study leader Professor Emily Banks.
“People need to realise that smoking is a dangerous activity, there’s no safe level of smoking and there’s no such thing as social smoking”
The Heart Foundation’s Dr Rob Grenfell, who also worked on the study.
Full AAP article here: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/11/smoking-more-deadly-thought-study