The human cost of smoking

Nigel Hawkes in The Times of London:

Smoke_1Being a smoker at the age of 30 cuts a man’s life expectancy by 5½ years, and a woman’s by more than 6½, according to life tables produced by the Institute of Actuaries. At any age up to 80, the chances of dying in the next year are virtually doubled by being a smoker, the tables indicate. A man aged 60 who is a smoker has a risk of dying in the next year of 106 in 10,000 (1.06 per cent), but if he is a non-smoker the risk is only 48 in 10,000.

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