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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