A new study showed that smoking at a young age could lead to an earlier risk of death from smoking-related cancer or lung disease. The study also suggested that teen smokers have an early risk of smoking-related death even if they stop smoking by middle age.
Those who started smoking in their teenage years and continue the habit show the greatest risk of early death, according to Reuters. David Batty, lead researcher at the University College London said, “If you smoke across a life course, you’re at much higher risk than if you just smoked around the college years. The positive message, it’s never too late to stop.”
The study used data from 28,000 men who started college at Harvard University in Massachusetts between the years of 1916 and 1950. The ongoing study showed that 10,000 of them reported smoking in college. The surveyed participants were sent a follow-up survey during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s about smoking. However, almost half of the surveyed men died over the next five decades.
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