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Smoking = 10yrs Life Lost

Posted Jan 24 2013 3:00am
So what will it take to convince you to stop smoking?  Lung cancer?  Oral cancer?  Bladder cancer?   Breast cancer?   Prostate cancer?  Stroke?  Heart disease?  Peripheral vascular disease?  COPD/emphysema?   Last June, I pointed out a study suggesting benefit to be gained by quitting even at the ripe old age of 80yo .  The authors reported an 83% greater risk of mortality in current smokers compared to never smokers and yet we still continue to smoke.

In two articles published early online in the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors arrived a similar conclusions.   In one study of 113,752 women & 88,496 men followed for 10 years , the authors concluded that smoking tripled the risk of death compared to never smokers.  In the other long-term Cancer Prevention Study I (19569-65) & II (1982-88) and Contemporary Cohort (2000-10) , the authors concluded that all-mortality in current smokers was 3x as much as non-smokers.  Life expectancy was  cut short ~10yrs in both situations.

Bottom line: quit smoking.  No good thing can come out of it.

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