If you quit smoking before 44, you live almost as long as a non-smoker

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  1. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    http://news.menshealth.com/quit-smoking-by-age-44/2013/01/27/

    "But for those who quit—even well into middle age—the study results are encouraging: Men and women who smoke their last butt before turning 44 die just 1 year earlier, on average, than those who never smoke, the research shows. Also good news: Those who quit by age 54 die just 4 years younger—a lot better than the decade lost among lifetime smokers."

    Well, so if a guy smoked for 25 years, that only shortened his life expectancy by 1 year? That doesn't sound so bad... Probably carrying an extra 20 pounds for the same time period makes the same life shortening... This new finding is either BS, or smoking isn't that bad for you...
     
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  3. youreyes amorphous ocean Valued Senior Member

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    and lung cancer?
     
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  5. Balerion Banned Banned

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    I made a decision at 28 to quit smoking for good, and I did it. Cold turkey. I quit on a Saturday going into the long Labor Day weekend, so I'd have a few days to detox before meeting up with my coworkers and potentially being tempted. I lasted almost until midnight. My mistake was not throwing away the six or so cigarettes I still had left (it was a very spur-of-the-moment decision), and wound up smoking them pretty much in succession.

    Thankfully, I didn't let that first failure defeat me. Since I butted that last cig early Sunday morning in 2009, I haven't so much as had a puff since. So it's kind of good to know that my life expectancy is in the vicinity of a non-smoker's.
     
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  7. Engell79 Registered Senior Member

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    I see the results of this study mostly as a testament to how amazing our bodies are.
    next of that its discouraging and alarming that smokers and non smokers has such low difference inlife expextancy
    It says a lot more about how unhealthy we live our lives in general than how bad smokes are for ya.

    lastly this study neglegts the quality of life, wich is a lot higher for ppl who have never smoked
    and went obesce. Smoking and obicity carries many of the same diseases.
     
  8. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    According to this stats, it only takes away 1 year, if you stopped before 44.... I don't necessarily accept this finding, but it is sure interesting...

    And as others mentioned, the quality of life can be harsher for an exsmoker....
     
  9. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    News I didn't need to hear?

    Oh, great. The last thing I need is an excuse to put off quitting for another four years.

    Funny Sad thing is, it's probably the money driving my current desire to quit. (If it was my health, I would have stayed quit last time.)
     
  10. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    I had smoked for about 7 years when I quit. I was 30 at the time and had contracted pneumonia. The doctor said that it would be best if I didn't smoke for a few days. I thought to myself that if I wasn't going to smoke for a few days, why not quit completely. This was a few days before X-mas, and my wife had been wanting me to quit, so as a part of her X-mas gift, I gave her a card telling her that I was quitting for good. I haven't smoked since and that was 24 yrs ago.

    Anyway, about a decade later I had surgery, and during my recovery they gave me this little device that I was supposed use from time to time. You blew in a tube which raised a small ball. There was a moving slider that marked how high they wanted you to get the ball. You blew until you got the ball above the slider and held it there for a while. A couple of days after the surgery, one of the nurses asked to make sure I was using it, and wanted to see if I was doing it right. I demonstrated it and she commented on how strong my lungs were and raised the slider because the level that they had initially set it for was too easy for me.
     
  11. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    Try ecig. It is cheaper, more taste variety and no smoke inhalation (it is a vaporizer). You still get the nicotine though...

    For more info: http://www.reddit.com/r/electronic_cigarette????
     
  12. WillNever Valued Senior Member

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    Drinking is a lot more fun than smoking.
     
  13. Russ_Watters Not a Trump supporter... Valued Senior Member

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    Even if it doesn't kill you, the expense, the smell and the coughing/decreased lung capacity are still good reasons not to do it.
     
  14. Helina84 Registered Member

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    Yeah you are right...This is why I drink and smoke
     
  15. Balerion Banned Banned

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    Smoking is sadly about more than just the nicotine. This is why I still, three years later, have the odd craving.

    Anyway, my brother tired the e-cigs. They weren't bad, but they didn't really do the trick.
     
  16. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    I can't explain ...?

    Oh, I have one. Haven't found a cartridge strong enough, though. And part of the problem is that it's not just the nicotine. I can huff on one of those things until my lungs slither out my armpits, and there's still something missing. It's not just the nicotine. It has something to do with the gritty, hot sensation of the smoke particles, as well.

    Still, there comes a point where I have to just put down the cigarettes and walk away. I don't make New Year's resolutions because in all my life, I only ever fulfilled one, and that by trading a nasty habit (nail chewing) for compulsive behavior (constant clipping and filing of my nails).

    But, recalling my best non-smoking success (eighteen months), it's simply a matter of finally being sick and tired of the addiction.
     
  17. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    I think this is were I brag, I have zero addiction. None. And by addiction I mean that I can go without it 2-3 weeks, no problem. Well, maybe basic food and water, but other than that, I can give up caffeine, soda,beer, whatever....

    I never understood addictions. Just get a stronger brother with a baseball bat next to you all the time, and keep him swinging at your head anytime you feel like having a cigarette...
     
  18. Balerion Banned Banned

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    Some people seem to be able to smoke and drink casually, while others simply can't. I, on the other hand, have addiction problems. Luckily, I recognized in my early teens, so I avoided cocaine and other hard drugs with that in mind. I'm not particularly fond of beer, but I'll have one every now and again, and if I keep at it, I'll find myself buying a sixer every couple of days. That's nothing in terms of alcoholism, obviously, but when I start finding myself having daily appetites, I change the program before it gets out of hand.
     
  19. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    My husband has been smoking since he was about 14 (he's now 48). His Dad also smoked and was told to quit or he would die. He quit and gained so much weight he died of heart failure at age 52. My husband refuses to quit smoking (for one thing he likes it) and I think his Dad dying has a lot to do with it
     
  20. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    Personally I would rather die of the heart atack than respitory failure, emphysema, COAD etc
     
  21. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    Looks like one addiction was replaced by another, eating too much. Maybe he over compensated for the lack of smoking by eating too much....
     
  22. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    and apparently he enjoys smoking more than being heavy
     
  23. Buddha12 Valued Senior Member

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    If you never smoke at all over a 75 year lifetime you'll save over 150,000.00 dollars , that's at 5.00 a pack and smoking a pack a day. Double that if you smoke 2 packs a day. So why throw away money on smoking when you can use that money to do better things for yourself with?
     

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