Smokers Who Quit Before Age 40 Live as Long as Non-Smokers & Now There's No Excuse Not to Quit

Health Check 15

cigaretteHey, if you haven't turned 40 yet, here's a good reason to light up: According to a recent study, while smoking takes at least 10 years off a person's life, "people who quit smoking before they turn 40 regain almost all of those potentially lost years." Anybody have a match? KIDDING. I'm just kidding, relax! Obviously there's no good reason to smoke, no matter how old you are. If current stats are correct, "smoking will kill about one billion people in the 21st century as opposed to 100 million in the 20th century."

But this is fairly fascinating -- and potentially life-saving -- news. Why? Well, if you've ever known a long-term smoker, you know one of the most common excuses for not quitting: "I've smoked this long, what's the difference now?"

Sound familiar? I've heard this so many times, in so many ways, from "I've been smoking a pack a day for 10 years. If I'm gonna get cancer, I'm already doomed." "I've been smoking for 15 years ... 20 years ... 30 years ... " They all boil down to the same (pointless) point: "I'm already going to die from smoking, so why quit now? The damage is done."

Ah, but apparently it's not so simple. Which is great! And of course, for a lot of people, scary -- because now there's no excuse not to quit.

Are you a smoker or do you know someone who's struggling to quit?


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Godde... GoddessBaker

I quit 2 years ago, and I quit for my kids. Started at 18, quit at 25. While this study may have some truth to it, I'm gonna have to call bullsh*t. My uncle died on Christmas day, right after his 40TH birthday, of advanced stage lung cancer, and left behind a 2 year old who wandered the halls for a year calling for daddy. Other uncle died at 48 of many forms of cancer, and COPD and Emphysema that he'd had since his early 30's. Is it really a chance anyone would want to take to wait to quit?..the chance that they'd be THAT person the study held no truth for....

kissa... kissandtell

Does this study take into account how much a person smokes per day? Because I can't see a person who smokes a pack or more a day living as long as some one who hasn't smoked ever. We don't need to give smokers more excuses to continue to smoke and I think studies like these will encourage it.

Bruic... Bruickson

Im struggling to quit now. I quit a few years back when I found out I was pregnant and I still can't believe I started smoking again. I don't smoke a pack a day or anything but I really want to quit. I've tried just about everything but going cold turkey was what worked best for me. I just need to do it instead of talking about it.

jalaz77 jalaz77

There is not near enough evidence to support this. BS!! People are so ignorant that believe this is really true.

Anna Potts

so if i quit right before i turn 40 im fine love the message!

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

This study is obvs fake because I knew someone one time who died and they quit smoking before they were 40. This study did not take into account that person I knew! >:[

Tomat... TomatoPotato

It's surprising the amount of people who accuse others of being "ignorant." Obviously there are consequences to a nicotine habit; however, I don't claim to be an expert in the the resiliancy of the human body. Just because the article doesn't cite the research isn't proof the claim is entirely without merit. If you're going to claim the entry is base-less, cite the research to disprove the claim. Otherwise, enjoy the read and keep quiet!

jenni... jennifer2712

Listen people this isnt new! The reasoning is the lungs clean themselves. After just a few weeks of quitting there are many noticeable changes in the body, so yes it is quite possible for a 40 y/o who quit can live a long healthy life.

GirlN... GirlNamedBillie

I quit before years ago and I also believe the lungs clean themselves. After so long I actually started coughing up black tar (it was so gross) but I actually can't wait for it to happen again! I quit as of 4 days ago, a day before my oldest child's 4th birthday. I made the vow to her face that mommy was going to stop doing this for her and it's made it so easy. I can't believe how easy it's been considering I've been smoking for the past 14yrs. I lost my mom to emphyzema, my last hope was to be honest with my child about what was going on to help force me into success, I love my family so much.

Rose Smith

My daughter quit after trying twice and failing. She used ecigs. Electronic cigarettes can help kick “butt”, plus e cigs offer a great way to relieve stress while weaning yourself off tobacco. has reviews of the top 20 brands. Never quit quitting!

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