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What is the ideal age to quit smoking? | Slate.fr – Slate.fr

Never two without three. Following two previous studies, a third major study has just identified – and confirmed – the ideal age to quit smoking. And it would be… 35 years! Quitting smoking before this level would keep the mortality rate similar to that of non-smokers. ScienceAlert is calling of this analysis.

“Currently, smoking is associated with a mortality rate at least twice that of people who have never touched a cigarette in their lives. Now we can be much more specific and disprove that generality.”write the authors of the study published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

This analysis pooled data from the US National Health Interview Survey (i.e. responses to a population health questionnaire from January 1997 to December 2018) and the National Death Index. To ensure its representativeness, the panel consisted of more than 550,000 adults aged 25 to 84 years at the time of recruitment, whether they were regular smokers, quitters or non-smokers (non-smokers consumed less than one hundred cigarettes in their lifetime).

All of these sources lead to one conclusion: people who quit smoking before age 35 have an all-cause mortality rate very close to that of individuals who have never smoked, “especially for those who started young”says John P. Pierce, professor emeritus in the department of public health at the University of California, San Diego.

On the other hand, stopping tobacco use between the ages of 35 and 44 would increase this rate to 21% and to 47% for the 45 to 54 age group.

There’s always time to stop

“Without an immediate goal, everyone thinks there’s still time. Setting a deadline of 35 years could be a source of motivation for those who want to quit smoking., writes John P. Pierce. However, breaking a habit is not child’s play and can even be very complicated. According to the professor, reducing the intensity of smoking is already a big step forward: “People who don’t smoke daily are already seeing their risk go down.”

However, this study has some limitations: information on participants’ smoking habits was collected at one point in time, which suggests that subjects may have stopped or started smoking after the interview. “The real dangers of cigarettes and the benefits of quitting may be underestimated in this analysis”the authors warn.

Still, nothing is lost after 35: quitting smoking, regardless of age, reduces the risk of premature death anyway. As they say, better late than never.

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