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Interactive Tool: How Does Smoking Affect Your Lifespan? - What does your score mean?

The damage caused by smoking varies from person to person. This tool uses an estimate based on statistical averages to increase your awareness of how smoking may be impacting your life.

This tool does not calculate the long-term impact smoking will have on the quality of your life and the lives of people you care about. The disabling effects of smoking-related illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, or emphysema can cause significant suffering and medical expense, regardless of whether they directly affect the number of years of your life.

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Smoking in America is down -- but not out. Today, 20% of U.S. adults are smokers, compared to 45% in 1965, when smoking was at its peak. But even at the current level of tobacco use, an estimated 440,000 Americans per year lose their lives to lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or other smoking-related illnesses. On average, smokers die 14 years before nonsmokers, and half of all smokers who don't quit are killed by their habit. People start smoking for many reasons. Many continue to puff away...

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How much time smoking takes from your life also depends on lifestyle choices other than smoking, such as eating habits and exercise. These factors may increase or decrease the amount of time your life will be shortened by smoking.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2013
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