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Stop Smoking by 30 to Erase Increased Risk of Death

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

I may not be 30, but I’m 30-something and after 20 years of smoking I finally quit more than six months ago. The road was long and hard, but according to a recent medical study of more than one million women, it was the perfect time to quit. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of death dramatically – cutting up to 10 years off her life in the end – but quitting early could help you add those 10 years back in no time.

The Lungs and Heart of the Matter

The Lancet published the most recent study into the long-term effects of quitting smoking by age 30. According to the study of more than one million women, smoking can reduce lifespan by 10 years if continued into the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. Many female smokers die of lung disease, stroke or heart disease related to smoking, but that doesn’t have to be your fate or mine. Researchers found that women who quit smoking by 30 were able to reduce increased risk of death by 97%. Even waiting as many as 10 more years and quitting before 40 reduced increased risk of death by 90% – so now is the time to quit, but how?

The CDC and Smoking Cessation Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been a strong partner in smoking cessation campaigns for years. There is a long list of links to websites where smokers can learn more about smoking cessation programs like Smokefree Woman, but traditional smoking cessation programs are not for everyone; they weren’t for me either, so where can women turn who just don’t know how to quit?

E-Cigarettes: A Viable Option?

I chose to quit using electronic cigarettes. My first purchase was a cheap disposable product from a convenience store. That was the last day I smoked a cigarette. The e-cigarette allowed me to get the nicotine my body craved and go through the motions of smoking. The habit of smoking was more difficult for me to break than the addiction to nicotine. Over time, I reduced the amount of nicotine I consumed and the number of times I “smoked” my e-cigarette each day. I’m still working on quitting 100%, but I’m close than I’ve ever been and I left traditional cigarettes behind in my 30s, so I’m already gaining back years of my life.