According to a new study, scientists have discovered that about two in three smokers will die from smoking related diseases. They will also lose an average of ten years from their lives.
The study was conducted with more than 200,000 participants and discovered that the ones who smoked were three times more likely to die early than those who have never touched a cigarette.
The study also found that smoking more a day will increase your chances of dying. "Just ten cigarettes a day doubles the risk of dying, while 20 a day raises the risk to five-fold," according to the Daily Mail.
Although it may come as no news to anyone that smoking is harmful, it was previously believed that roughly half of those who smoke will die of related diseases. However, this new study from Britain and the U.S. puts that to rest as it is discovered that it is much high: at about 67 percent.
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The most recent research was conducted in Australia and published in the journal of BMC Medicine.
"If you are smoking, the chances are it will kill you if you keep going," said Professor Emily Banks of Sydney's Sax Institute and the Australian National University.
"If you are a gambler," she continued, "it's not a very good bet."
All was not lost for smokers though. The report says that if smokers kicked their habit, they could prevent disease and lengthen their life.
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"The good news is that if you quit the benefits are clear and lasting," Prof. Banks said.
The research was conducted with over 200,000 Australians age 45 and over for four years. They found the death rates among smokers were three times higher than non-smokers.
However, those who stopped smoking by 45 were able to mostly rid themselves of the the increased death risk.
Each year, smoking-related diseases are the cause of 480,000 deaths in the United States alone. There are an estimated 41,000 deaths due to secondhand smoke.