Public Release: 30-Nov-2016
Stop smoking! Quitting at any age reduces the risk of death after 70
Lifetime smoking history is a key determinant of mortality for people 70 and over and that quitting, even after 60, benefits individuals into their 70s, reports the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Elsevier Health Sciences
Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that people aged 70 or older currently smoking were more than three times more likely to die than never-smokers, while former smokers were less likely to die the sooner they quit.