Smoking less 'cuts mortality risk'

20 November 2012

While stopping smoking may cut the risk of a whole host of diseases, just cutting down on the number of cigarettes consumed could also help, new research shows.

A forty-year study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that while people who stopped smoking altogether had a 22 per cent reduced risk of an early death, those who cut down also saw significant benefits.

People who took action to smoke fewer cigarettes saw a 15 per cent lesser risk of dying early.

Vicki Myers, a researcher at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, emphasised that it is formerly heavy smokers who have the most to gain from cutting down.

Smokers were put into one of four categories: no cigarettes, one to ten, 11 to 20 and more than 21, and their consumption was tracked over the years.

Quitters saw a 33 per cent increased chance of surviving until the age of 80, while reducers experienced a 22 per cent higher chance.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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