Smoking: women who quit earn 10 years of life

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Women who quit smoking earn 10 years of life. This was revealed by a recent research on smoking, entitled "Million Women", conducted by a team of experts from the University of Oxford and published online in the Lancet, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Sir Richard Doll, the scholar who first identified the link between lung cancer and smoking.



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Women who stop smoking they earn 10 years of life. This is revealed by recent research on smoking, by title "Million Women“, Conducted by a team of experts from the University of Oxford and published online in the Lancet, on the occasion of the XNUMXth anniversary of the birth of Sir Richard Doll, the scholar who first identified the link between lung cancer and smoking.

According to the study, the findings could also be valid for men, but for the moment, yes it only talks about the effects on female health, because the sample taken into consideration for the research was represented exclusively by women: as many as 1,3 million, aged 50 to 65, involved between 1996 and 2001.

Study participants completed a questionnaire on their style of lifea, by entering valuable information on their medical and social characteristics. The same women were interviewed by post three years later and the results were analyzed and compared by the team of British experts.

The result?

The volunteers who - after three years from the first interview - still smoked were found to be almost three times more at risk of death in the following 9 years than the women who in the meantime had lost the habit of smoking!

In practice, two thirds of all deaths of smokers in their 50s, 60s and 70s are caused by tobacco, and in particular from diseases such as the lung cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease orictus.

But there is more: the risks of death increase dramatically with the quantity of cigarettes lit, even for those who are considered "light smokers"!



In fact, even among those who smoke a cigarette a day, the death rates are even double compared to those of those who do not smoke.

The particular novelty is that the risks associated with the habit of smoking - and therefore also the benefits for those who manage to quit - are significantly higher than what has been said to date with previous research and studies.

“If women smoke like men, they die like them. But, be they men or women, smokers who quit before reaching middle age earn on average an "extra" 10 years to live. - commented Sir Richard Peto, co-author of the study - Both in Britain and in the United States, women born around 1940 were the first generation in which many smoked a considerable number of cigarettes throughout their lives. Therefore, only in the XNUMXst century we have been able to directly observe all the effects of prolonged smoking and cessation of the habit, on premature mortality “.



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