Female smokers face higher mortality risk from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than they did two decades ago, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating risk on par with that of men. The shift is likely explained by women starting smoking at younger ages. However, a second study in the same journal emphasized that although lifelong smokers lose about a decade of life compared to those who never smoked, quitting can help give years of life back to patients. "You're never too old to quit," said Dr. Michael Thun.
Risks for female smokers reach a new high
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