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Study: Women Who Quit Smoking by Age 40 Avoid 90% of Death Risk

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  • Among women smokers who quit before the age of 40, more than 90 percent of the excess mortality caused by continuing smoking was avoided; for women who quit before the age of 30, 97 percent of excess mortality was avoided.
  • Ideally, it’s best to not start smoking in the first place, but if you’re a current smoker, the research suggests that no matter what your age, quitting can be beneficial.
  • I believe the “secret” to quitting successfully is to get healthy first BEFORE you stop, which includes making changes to your diet and exercise programs, as well as addressing the emotional component.
  • While media publications make it appear as though drugs or nicotine patches are necessary to quit, two-thirds to three-quarters of people quit smoking unaided, i.e. “cold turkey.”

By Dr. Mercola

Your body has a remarkable ability to heal, and this was recently highlighted by a study of over 1 million women born during the "greatest generation," – around the year 1940.


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