People who quit smoking before the age of 40 may live as long as people who never smoked at all. Researchers found a smoker loses roughly 10 years of life to the habit but regained most of that time if they quit before 40. The benefit is increased the sooner before 40 you quit.

People who quit smoking by 40 may live as long as people who never smoked

Research has shown that smoking can chop at least 10 years off a person’s lifespan. However, a new study suggests that smokers who quit before the age of 40 may be able to live as long as people who never smoked at all.

“Quitting smoking before age 40, and preferably well before 40, gives back almost all of the decade of lost life from continued smoking,” Dr. Prabhat Jha, head of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, said in a press release.

About 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annually about 443,000 people die from smoking-related illnesses and ano… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

6 thoughts on “People who quit smoking before the age of 40 may live as long as people who never smoked at all. Researchers found a smoker loses roughly 10 years of life to the habit but regained most of that time if they quit before 40. The benefit is increased the sooner before 40 you quit.”

  1. brock_lee

    I worked at a cancer research center about 30 years ago. There were a lot of things that surprised me. But yes, they told me that if you quit smoking, within 10 years, you are about back down equal with “never a smoker” in terms of smoking related health issues.

  2. Someotherfunnything

    Perfect timing for this TIL. I am 40, and stopped 4 days ago. On the patch and actually feeling great for a change.

  3. lisards

    Lost both parents and an aunt to lung cancer. I quit at 31. This is encouraging.

  4. MaxwellSinclair

    Mom smoked when I was in the womb.

    Mom smoked in the house with use growing up.

    Mom started buying me cigarettes at 16.

    Smoked them until September 12th 2019.

    I turn 39 this year.

    No smokes for 17 months!

    Woot! In just under the finish line!

  5. shivermetimbers68

    My dad smoked and drank his entire life. He was 80, the doctor said “You could have another good ten years if you quit drinking and smoking”

    Predictably, he said “If I cant drink and smoke, why would I want to live another ten years?”

    He made it two more years.

  6. MVSugar

    I need to quit. I almost want to. It’s so hard and I hate that I won’t just do it. This helps.

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