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Quitting smoking reduces mortality at any age, study of over 70s finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6468 (Published 02 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6468
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Quitting smoking at any age is associated with reduced mortality, as a study in people aged over 70 found that current smokers had higher mortality than former smokers, including those who quit in their 60s.1

Most studies on smoking and mortality have focused on middle aged populations, and little evidence existed of the benefit of quitting in elderly people.

The new study …

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