Quitting smoking by age 40 reduces risk of early death
Doctor David Samadi weighs in
- Duration 3:29
- Date Jan 26, 2013
Doctor David Samadi weighs in
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Not sure we ever talked about a study -- our medical -- team that can really change -- -- as much as this one is a brand new eye opening study.
About quitting smoking it could extend your life for at least ten years.
Doctor -- body -- here with us from the Mount Sinai Medical Center cheaper robotics.
And -- this is really something the first of all its best it says if you do it before you're forty years old quit smoking.
But if you even think you want to reach the age of eighty you can double your chances if you quit.
Yeah I mean this statistics are unbelievable look it's a very simple what to think about this.
You start smoking you -- to lose about a decade of your life that's -- that's the way it goes.
It's a serious problem because we're looking at about 45 million Americans still smoking in this country -- big numbers.
It smoking not only causes lung cancer but it really causes about 440000.
Preventable death in this country.
It affects your heart defects stroke the biggest thing that the -- from smoking causes is that it creates a lot of blood clots in the vessels.
And that's what really kills people so.
-- great study published in new England journal of medicine.
Looking at over 200000 people over the course of eight years on what they're finding is that this sooner and earlier you quit smoking.
They're better off you are you can gain some of those great years back how does it -- some of the statistics.
If you -- between the age of 35 and 44 you would get about nine years back.
Can you imagine even if -- -- -- that you're a smoker now between the age of 45 and 54.
You would -- about six years of your life back.
If you start query quitting after the age of six to five.
You only get about four years back so didn't take home messages -- you quit smoking the better off you -- because the effect of smoking.
Can stay in your system for about twenty years that's amazing what.
About quality of life once you have been a smoker or and you quit.
You get those extra years but are they true healthy years -- seven point now the effect of -- on long.
And long cancer and respiratory we'll stay with you for a long long time.
As far as his blood clots that's reversible very quickly.
And I think -- best number that you mentioned is that if you quit before the age of forty or 35.
It's gonna be a wash so if you haven't started.
Don't start and if you started the sooner you quit the better off your it's really going to affect your entire system from your brain.
Vessels heart -- everything else it's not a good thing we have made some progress Jamie the numbers since 1970 have been going down that's a big news.
But he -- generalists who big struggle -- -- cigarette companies Kelly will come after a study like this I mean.
It's it is landmark like he said but there's always going to be pushed back right I'm glad we're talking it's right there so -- -- they come back this is something very important look I think you know our job is to report -- for people to really get educated what decision they make.
What the companies are known to do you have seen a lot of these -- on -- cigarette packages that has been very effective of people that are dying from this.
I'm -- in there to make money our job is to really educate the public so I think this is a great study that's going to tell us if you have not started smoking.
Don't touch it and if you have it's a good time to quit.
We appreciate that -- -- we're not smokers and my hope you'll pay attention to.