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Why not quit smoking and live longer for 5 years?

Quit smoking and live another 5 years!

You can still benefit significantly from quitting smoking when you’re over 60. Analysis shows of more than half a million older people has shown quitting for just five years translates into a 10% reduction in cardiovascular death.

The analysis, by the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, showed that those who quit for five to nine years had a 16 per cent reduction. Those who managed 10 to 19 years enjoyed a 22 per cent drop in risk.

Published in the BMJ, the analysis showed that current smokers died from cardiovascular causes an average of 5.5 years earlier than those who did not smoke.

While public health messages about quitting tend to be directed at younger people, this analysis shows there is great value in directing it at older people too.

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