12 Jun '12, 2pm

Never too late to quit: Ex-smokers live longer than those who still smoke, say researchers

NEW YORK - Ex-smokers live longer than those who have not kicked the habit, no matter what age group you look at, according to a new report. "This fact calls for effective smoking cessation programs that are likely to have major preventive effects even for smokers aged 60 years and older," German researchers write in Archives of Internal Medicine. Their report, which summarises the findings of 17 earlier studies, is the first to review the link between smoking and death in seniors in particular. "Even older people who smoked for a lifetime without negative health consequences should be encouraged and supported to quit smoking," say the researchers, led by Dr Hermann Brenner of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. They found that smokers 60 years and older were 83 per cent more likely to die at any given age compared with people who never smoked. While the link ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Focus/Health/EDC120612-0000142...

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