Smokers die 12 years sooner
If you need more motivation to quit smoking, consider this: Research shows that smokers, on average, die 12 years sooner than non-smokers. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found that smokers’ mortality rates are nearly three times greater than those for nonsmokers. About 70 percent of nonsmokers live to age 80; only 35 percent of smokers live that long.
Smoking isn't just causing a single problem in your body, either. People who smoke are six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-smokers, and that risk increases with the number of cigarettes a person smokes. Higher risk of ischemic heart disease and stroke are also tied directly to smoking. Smoking causes chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) and lung cancer, which is the leading cause of death in America. Smoking causes or predisposes a person to cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix and acute myeloid leukemia. All told, cigarette smoking causes 443,000 deaths each year, including 49,000 from secondhand smoke exposure.
The good news is that smoking rates are declining – a few decades ago, 40 percent of Americans smoked; today, the number is down to 19 percent.