Quitting Smoking at an Older Age Proves to Reduce Risks
The review of data involved findings from 17 studies from seven countries (Australia, China, England, Japan, France, Spain and the United States) published between 1987 and 2011. People in the study were followed for between three and 50 years.
Compared to nonsmokers aged 60 and older, smokers had an 83 percent increased risk of death from all causes during the study period, said researchers led by Carolin Gellert of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg.
Proving that it’s always a good idea to quit, former smokers had 34 percent higher odds for death than that of those who never smoked — still an increase in risk, but much lower than that of current smokers.
The team also found that survival seemed to rise along with the amount of time since a person quit smoking, even at an older age.
The study was published June 11 in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
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