Smoking and women’s life expectancyA new study found that Smoking can reduce women’s lifespan by at least 10 years. Quitting smoking can add years back to a woman’s life expectancy.

British researchers evaluated data from more than one million women. They were followed for 12 years. At the beginning of the study, 20 percent of the women smoked, while 28 percent were former smokers and 52 percent had never smoked. Women who continued to smoke three years into the study were almost three times as likely to die in the following nine years, compared with women who did not smoke.

The researchers concluded that two-thirds of all deaths in female smokers in their 50s, 60s and 70s are due to smoking.If women smoke like men, they die like men — but, whether they are men or women, smokers who stop before reaching middle age will on average gain about an extra 10 years of life