The number of years of life lost due to smoking has now been established through a study published January 23rd, 2013 by The New England Journal of Medicine. Longtime smokers can expect to lose 10 years (on average) of their life expectancy due to smoking.
BUT, the good news is….
If you have or do quit smoking before the age of 35 you can gain most or all of those years back. Even if you wait until middle age, you still have the ability to add 5 years back onto your life.
This comparison of the effects of quitting at different ages was made possible through the decrease in the number of smokers since the 1960s from 40% of the population to 20%.
Also, it has been found that women experience the same detrimental effects from smoking that men do, there is no gender difference as was once thought.
It is incredible that by quitting smoking before age 35, you have the ability to add 10 years back onto your life. That is another 10 years with your grandchildren, family and friends. These 10 years of life are a new incentive for current smokers to stop smoking.
Quitting between 25 and 34 years of age results in approximately 10 years of life gained back.
Quitting between 35 and 44 results in approximately 9 years of life gained back.
Quitting between 45 and 59 results in approximately 4-6 years of life gained back.