Middle-aged Smokers have Far Greater Risk of Cancer

Every man knows that if he smokes the chances of getting one of the many cancers will rise considerably. But what he probably doesn’t know is that a middle-aged smoker around the age 45+, has a 75 percent increased risk of developing cancer than a non-smoker in the same age and gender (65% increased risk for women).

Below is a graphical image of lung cancer. Do not view if you are squeamish.

Photo of Lung Cancer

The Older you are, the Tougher it gets!

When a smoker reaches a certain age, it becomes ever more difficult to quit the habit. This is certainly true if a man that has had a lifetime of failed attempts to stop.

What this means is that those middle-aged guys who do finally quit, tend to do so because of a health scare or become just too sick to carry on, which is all very sad.

Kids are picking up the habit younger and younger, and the consequences of smoking while major organs are still developing can be grave in later years. The good news is that the 18 to 24 year olds are the most successful at quitting, with much better odds of staying stopped than those of middle-age and older.

Still Dying to Smoke?

Make no bones about it, this new study – Convincing Smokers to Quit isn’t Easy – is saying that smokers of middle age have a very good chance of dying from cancer should they continue. That’s a VERY GOOD CHANCE OF DYING FROM CANCER.

Cancer Stats

Smoking Cessation Never Killed Anyone

We’ve said it before here on 50ish.org and we’ll continue to say it; and that is stopping-smoking doesn’t kill people – smoking does!

Quit SmokingEven if someone smokes all their life and then dies of ‘natural causes’, the fact of the matter is this; smoking does affect how long you live and your quality of life. It’s as simple as that.

Not only does it have an effect on longevity, but the quality of life too. Some smokers might live to a ripe old age, but you can bet your bottom dollar they’re not the most active pensioners on the planet.

It’s not just about Cancer

Although this new study has revealed some alarming statistics about middle-aged smokers, there are many more smoking related diseases that can, and do, decline the health of the smoker. Still need convincing? Read this page on Smoking – the health risks.

No Safe Way to Smoke!

There is no ‘safe’ way of smoking tobacco. Inhaling smoke from cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, have all shown to have fatal consequences. Sadly too, are the many victims that have become ill, or died before their time, as a direct consequence of passive smoking.

Point to Remember

Today, smoking is said to be the habit of selfish men and women simply because they know the damage it can cause to them and those around them. But a smoking addiction is more complicated than most non-smokers could ever realise. It is only with support and encouragement, rather than nagging and lecturing, that those who do not smoke stand a chance of helping those who do, to quit once and for all.

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Readers Comments

    Skinnyribs50 says:

    Time to stop wasting money on anti-smoking campaigns. Me thinks smokers are gonna smoke no matter what society does to try and stop em.

    MrUglyMug says:

    Tell us something we don’t already know. Everything is bad, some things more than others. I just love smoking too much to quit. I still read all the scary crap though, he, he!

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