There's really no way to brighten this news from the American Cancer Society. But maybe this will be the motivation smokers need to finally kick the habit. The ACS analyzed the death rate among more than two million smokers over the past 50 years, and found that unless smokers are able to quit the addiction early in life, they can expect to die a full decade earlier than their non-smoking friends. And for some reason, the impact has grown in women compared to a similar study 30 years ago.
Dr. Len Lichtenfeld from the American Cancer Society said, "The rates of deaths for both lung cancer and chronic lung disease and in fact from all causes have increased substantially in female smokers.
Experts also blame so-called "light" cigarettes that have been a favorite among women, which scientists now know may have may have caused smokers to inhale more deeply to get their nicotine fix. So, at what age do you need to give up cigarettes to keep from losing 10 years of your life? The study says age 40. But…when it comes to smoking, it's better to never start.
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