More Reasons to Kick the Habit
As a follow-up to our previous Health Fact, here are facts published in the New England Journal of
- At any age, smokers have 40% greater Health
Care related costs as compared to non-smokers.
- Life expectancy for smokers is 69.7 yrs for men, and 75.6 yrs for
non-smokers the figures are 77.0 and 81.6 yrs.
- At age 70, 78 % of non-smokers are alive compared to 57 % of
If everyone were to quit smoking, costs would initially decrease,
but would eventually
rise because of the costs related to taking care of an older
So those who smoke are actually
saving the country Health Care costs, by dying early!
For more, please visit the MedicineNet.com Smoking
and Quitting Smoking Center.
Last Editorial Review: 10/23/2002