Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, but do you know just how deadly it can be? Even casual smoking can do major damage to your health and now the latest research shows that two-thirds of smokers will die from tobacco related causes. Investigators from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University followed more than 204,000 participants to see how tobacco impacted mortality rates. They published their research findings in BMC Medicine.
While previous studies have shown that smoking kills half of cigarette users, this is the first time we’ve seen research paint a much more dangerous picture. In this case, cigarettes killed two out of three smokers. The researchers found that smokers were generally younger, with lower education levels and incomes. They were more at risk for having high body mass indexes and also tended to drink more heavily than nonsmokers.
Ultimately, smokers were three times more likely to die than nonsmokers, but the damage could be reversed, at least somewhat. The investigators said that mortality rates declined after a smoker quit using tobacco. In fact, former smokers managed to lower their risk factors substantially until they were only 1.27-1.39 times more likely to die than nonsmokers. While that is still an elevated risk, it is a vast improvement on the odds of current smokers.
The number of cigarettes smoked and the frequency of tobacco use also had a big impact on mortality rates. People who smoked 1-14 cigarettes daily doubled the mortality risk compared to never smokers. Those who smoked 25+ cigarettes daily quadrupled their risk of death.
This is just more evidence that smoking is deadly and it’s time to take action if you are still lighting up. Research has proven that ecigs can help you kick the habit so why not switch to electronic cigarettes?
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