New research, recently released by Million Women Study Collaborators and published in the Lancet, suggests that women who give up smoking before the age of 30 can avoid up to 97 per cent of the health risks associated with the smoking.
The study looked at 1.3 million women and found that those who give up smoking before the age of 30 avoided up to 97 per cent of the health risks associated with it, while those who gave up before the age of 40 cut their health risks by 90 per cent.
Women in the survey who did not give up smoking into their middle age were found to lose on average 10 years of life. Smoking currently remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United Kingdom and other countries.
The Royal Brompton Private Clinic offers a Stop Smoking Clinic unique in its combination of support, therapy and specialist medication that considerably increases the chances of quitting. The service is led by some of the UK’s leading heart and lung specialists including Professor Michael Polkey, specialist in respiratory medicine, and Dr Rakesh Sharma, the Royal Brompton’s clinical lead for heart failure.
Even though risks linked with smoking continue for decades after stopping, it is never too late to stop and improve one’s health.