Quitting smoking is no easy feat, and thousands of Aussies set themselves a goal of quitting smoking every year. This comes as no surprise when experts believe that lighting up regularly can reduce your life expectancy by at least a decade. In fact, smoking is the number one cause of preventable deaths in Australia.
Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. In welcoming news for smokers, U.S. researchers discovered that men and women who quit smoking before the age of 40 could reduce their risk of death associated with continued smoking by about 90%. In other words, former smokers can regain almost all of the decade of lost life.
According to the same study, people who quit smoking between ages 35-44 regained about nine years of life expectancy.
People who quit smoking between ages 45-54 regained six more years of life and those aged between 55-64 years regained four years.
Lifelong smokers lost a decade off their life expectancy and current smokers aged 25-79 years had a mortality rate three times higher than those who had never smoked.
In addition, people who have never been smokers were about twice as likely to live to the age of 80 as smokers.
Better For You
As well as adding years to your life, quitting smoking at any age has many other benefits, and can help reduce your insurance premiums after a certain period of time, typically one year.
Here at Lifebroker we want to help you share lots more happy moments with your family. To find out more about the effect that quitting smoking can have on your Life Insurance premiums, contact the Lifebroker team today.
1. Prabhat J et al (2013). 21st-Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States. Toronto, Canada: New England Journal of Medicine.
2. WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008. The MPOWER package: http://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/mpower_report_full_2008.pdf
Please note this article cannot replace the advice of your doctor or another medical professional. Please always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional when required.