By Alexandra Sifferlin Time.com Oct. 29, 2012
A new study of over a million women reports smokers more than triple their risk of dying early compared with nonsmokers, and that kicking the habit can virtually eliminate this increased risk of premature death.
Smoking remains the leading causes of preventable death in both the U.S. and the U.K. Lead study author Richard Peto, a professor at the University of Oxford in the U.K. and his colleagues conducted one of the largest studies looking at the hazards of smoking and the benefits of quitting among women born around the 1940s. These women were among the first generation of females to smoke regularly throughout their lifetimes, and tracking these women into the 21st century provided the most comprehensive look at the prolonged effects of smoking, as well as the benefits of quitting.
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