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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

60% Of Smokers Have Early Death

Despite the warnings and the risks associated with smoking tobacco products - people still smoke. Over the years there have been an overwhelming number of studies that have shown the dangers that come with smoking, from different forms of cancer to heart disease. While numbers vary from report to report, a new study finds cigarettes are linked to the cause of death in more than 60 percent of smokers.

Australian researchers have found that smoking shortens the life on an average of 10 years. Research in the past had found that cigarettes caused the death of 50 percent of smokers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Researchers in Australia analyzed health records of more than 200,000 Australians. The risk of death is doubled among people who smoke an average of 10 cigarettes daily. The number of cigarettes a person smoked daily over the four year study corresponded with an increase risk of death. The researchers conclude even people who are moderate smokers are putting their health at risk.

“People don’t realize how damaging even light smoking is for your health – for cancer, heart disease, lung disease and a range of other conditions,” study co-author Freddy Sitas said in a news release.

The study's lead researcher Emily Banks said, “The good news is that stopping smoking at any age reduces the risk; the younger you are when you quit, the better.”

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