|(Nick Lypaczewski/QMI Agency) |
It's never too late to quit smoking, but if you quit before you're 40, the health risks will be nearly the same as if you had never smoked at all, new research suggests.
"Quitting smoking before age 40, and preferably well before 40, gives back almost all of the decade of lost life from continued smoking," lead researcher Prabhat Jha said. "That's not to say, however, that it is safe to smoke until you are 40 and then stop. Former smokers still have a greater risk of dying sooner than people who never smoked. But the risk is small compared to the huge risk for those who continue to smoke."
The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that smokers who quit between the ages of 25 and 34 gained about a decade of life, and those who quit between the ages of 35 to 44 gained about nine years.
Smokers who quit between the ages of 45 and 54, and 55 and 64, gained back about six and four years of life, respectively.
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