Two out of three smokers, or about 1.8 million Australians, will die because of their habit. According to the results of the first large-scale Australian study on the link between smoking and death rates.
The study, published in the international journal BMC Medicine, found the smoking “epidemic” reduced a smoker’s life expectancy by 10 years on average. Scientists from the Sax Institute in Sydney and the University of Melbourne followed 200,000 smokers over the age of 45.
Professor Emily Banks, the lead author of the study, said smoking was a “very, very powerful addiction” and she hoped the findings would give people the information they needed to really consider whether they should continue to smoke (Cancer Daily News).