Who says there are no second chances?
Medical experts at the University of Toronto have collected data on hundreds of thousands of Americans, smoker and non-smoker alike, and discovered that folks who cease their puffing by the age of 44 - presumably cold turkey - die only one year earlier than those who've never touched a butt. And for those who quit by 54, the gap is only four years, reports
It's news that while encouraging, shouldn't be taken as a valid excuse to smoke as long as you quit by middle age, warns researcher Dr. Prabhat Jha. He points out that "men who quit by 40 are still 20% more likely to die in a given year than those who never smoke," primarily from cancer, stroke, heart disease and other health problems linked to smoking. By contrast, those who continue smoking past age 40 are 200% more likely to die in any given year than lifelong non-smokers, according to the study
Via NBC and the New England Journal of Medicine