Smokers Lose at Least One Decade of Life Expectancy, Study Finds

Smokers lose at least 10 years of life expectancy, compared with those who have never smoked, according to a study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. Quitting before age 40 can reduce the excess risk of death associated with smoking by about 90 percent, USA Today reports.

“Smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the U.S.,” study co-author Tim McAfee, Director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the newspaper. “We need to do more to educate the American people about these findings.”

The study, which included data from 1997 to 2004, found women smokers die at a similar rate to their male counterparts. Previous research suggested women were less likely than men to die from smoking. “Women now lose about 11 years of life expectancy if they smoke,” McAfee says. “Men lose about 12 years.”

He noted women’s smoking patterns are thought to be similar to men’s in terms of the age they start smoking, and the number of cigarettes they smoke.

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    January 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    They lie through their teeth, because they falsely blame smoking for diseases that are really caused by infections. Especially about the leading cause of death among all people, namely heart disease. The death rates from ischemic heart disease have declined since the 1960s by just as much among smokers as among non-smokers, and among women as among men, despite very different initial rates of smoking and therefore, subsequent quitting. That points to a common factor such as cytomegalovirus infection, which they systematically ignore, in violation of the practices of legitimate science.

    And the anti-smokers commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on smoking. If they don’t ignore infection altogether, they use defective studies that missed a high proportion of cases, in order to exploit the fact that smokers are more likely to have been exposed to those infections, for socioeconomic reasons. The anti-smokers are operating a politically corrupt enterprise of conspiracy, fraud and racketeering, and they should be prosecuted under the RICO laws.

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    Rick Steeb

    January 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    How do Cannabis smokers compare? Tashkin Study! Kaiser-Permanente, too!

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