Study: Quitting smoking now can add years to your life

Study: Quitting smoking now can add years to your life

POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:04am

If you are attempting to quit smoking, researchers have data that may be good news for you.

A new study says the earlier you quit smoking, the more years you can add to your life.

Ex-smokers can get many of those lost years back if they stop smoking before they turn 35.

The Chief of Oncology, Dr. Jay Brooks, at Ochsner in Baton Rouge told us today the effects of quitting smoking range from a lower cancer rate to a lower risk of a stroke or heart disease.

“It really is that important - 10 years is an enormous period in someone’s life to be taken from them for just smoking cigarettes,” stated Brooks. “The number of people dying of lung cancer in men is actually beginning to decline due to the rates of men that have quit smoking. Unfortunately, we've not made that some progress in terms of women.”

The study was published in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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