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Quitting smoking before 40 could save your life

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Car smoking ban, minimum wage hike among new California laws.

Car smoking ban, minimum wage hike among new California laws. (KABC Photo / KABC-TV)

If you keep lighting up cigarettes, at least a decade of your life goes up in smoke, according to a new study.

However quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of death associated with continued smoking by 90-percent, according to the latest calculation in the "New England Journal of Medicine".

Women have apparently caught up with men for the risk of dying from smoking-related illnesses.

Women who smoke now have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago.

Researchers said it's partly because they are starting younger and smoking more.

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