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Women Who Quit Smoking Do Live Longer

Posted Oct 28 2012 12:00am

Life expectancy was dramatically improved among participants in Great Britain’s Million Women Study who quit smoking compared with continuous smokers, confirming the previously uncertain benefits of smoking cessation in women, researchers said.

Although women who stopped smoking around age 50 remained at significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with never-smokers (relative risk 1.56, 95% CI 1.49 to 1.64), it was much lower than the tripled risk of death seen in current smokers, according to Kirstin Pirie, MSc, of the University of Oxford in England, and colleagues.

“Even cessation at about 50 years of age avoids at least two-thirds of the continuing smoker’s excess mortality in later middle age,” the researchers wrote online in The Lancet.

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