The researchers found that women who smoked cigarettes throughout their adult years had triple the rate of dying from smoking-related causes (lung cancer, heart disease, stroke), compared to nonsmokers and to women who quit well before middle age. Even light smokers (1 to 9 cigarettes per day) had twice the mortality rate of nonsmokers.
The good news: quitting increased the women’s life span. Those who quit smoking before they reached 40 avoided more than 90% of the increased risk of premature death from cigarettes. Women who quit before age 30 avoided 97% of the added risk.
The bottom line: if you want a long and healthy life, quit smoking today. From a cosmetic viewpoint, smoking gives you wrinkles, damages your skin, hair and nails, and dramatically increases your risks of complications during cosmetic surgery.