Men who had begun smoking cigarettes by late adolescence had much shorter lives than their non-smoking peers, a prospective study found.
Among a cohort of men enrolled at Harvard University between 1916 and 1950, those who reported smoking at age 18 had a 30% increase in all-cause mortality , according to G. David Batty, PhD, and colleagues from University College London in England.
And for deaths from smoking-related cancers, the hazard ratio reached 95% , Batty and colleagues reported online in a research correspondence in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
“Cigarette smoking in adolescence is common and continues to increase. Policymakers […]