Quit smoking by 40 to prevent early death
Smoking shaves years of your life, as the ill effects build over a lifetime. However, according to a groundbreaking study from the Center for Global Health Research, smokers can prevent early death by quitting before age 40.
The study found that smokers who never quit lose about 10 years of life expectancy, while those who quit between ages 35 and 44 were able to get back nine of those 10 years. Those who quit between ages 45 and 54 gained back six years, and those who quit between 55 and 65 regained four years.
But quitting before the age of 35 erased all early death effects from smoking. The risks of heart disease and stroke show significant decline when a person quits smoking.
Though life expectancy has been restored, even those who quit by 40 are not out of the woodwork, as risk of lung cancer and other respiratory disease lasts for years beyond their last cigarette.