28 Oct 2012

Smokers who quit, live longer - UK study

5:46 am on 28 October 2012

Scientists in Britain say women who give up smoking before they reach middle age will almost completely evade the risk that a tobacco-related disease will shorten their lives.

Their conclusions follow a 15 year study of 1.2 million women there. The results have been published in the Lancet.

However, the researchers warn this is not a licence for the young to smoke.

The study followed a generation of women to start smoking during the 1950s and 60s.

TheBBC reports their records showed that even those who smoked fewer than 10 cigarettes a day were more likely to die sooner.

Sir Richard Peto from Oxford University said that it was exactly the same picture as for men.