Diabetes Forecast

Quitting Smoking Benefits Seniors

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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It’s never too late to quit smoking. In 2004 and 2005, more than 160,000 people older than age 70 filled out a questionnaire about their past and present smoking habits. Those who reported smoking were three times more likely to die by 2014–2016 than nonsmokers. Having quit smoking reduced the risk of death: Compared with current smokers, those who had quit in their 30s had less than half the risk of dying. But—and here’s an incentive to quit regardless of your age—those who waited until their 60s to kick the habit still had a 23 percent lower risk than those who continued to smoke.  
SOURCE: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published online Nov. 30, 2016



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