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21st-Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Jha P, Ramasundarahettige C, Landsman V, Rostron B, Thun M, Anderson RN, McAfee T, Peto R. N Engl J Med 2013; 368:341-350.

This study used U.S. National Health Interview Survey data from 1997-2004, and related smoking and smoking-cessation histories to the causes of death that occurred by Dec. 31, 2006. Results showed that the rate of death among current smokers was about three times that among those who had never smoked. The probability of surviving from age 25 to 79 was about twice as great for those who had never smoked as for current smokers. Current smoker life expectancy was shortened by more than 10 years compared to those who had never smoked. The authors concluded that quitting smoking before age 40 reduces the risk of death associated with continued smoking by about 90%.

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