Up to 2/3 of smokers will die from their habit

25 February 2015

A new study has suggested that up to two-thirds of smokers could die from their habit. The research, which involved more than 200,000 people in Australia, is the first evidence based on a broad cross-section of the population.

Published in the international journal BioMed Central (BMC) Medicine, the study supports previous British research, which indicated that the figure could be as high as 67 per cent.

Lead author Professor Emily Banks said they now have "direct independent evidence" that confirms the "disturbing findings" that have been "emerging internationally".

Professor Banks, who is a researcher at the Australian National University and scientific director of an initial Sax study, said the research found that smokers had around three-fold the risk of premature death of those who have never smoked. 

The findings are the result of a four-year analysis of health outcomes from more than 200,000 men and women participating in the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, which was the largest longitudinal study of healthy ageing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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