(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Results from a large study show what many of us
already know: smoking is bad for your health. However, researchers say the
new data show the "tremendous" impact cigarettes have in promoting a variety
of diseases and death.
Investigators from the University of Oslo and Norwegian Institute of Public
Health conducted a 30-year follow-up study of more than 54,000 men and women
(both smokers and nonsmokers).
Results reveal of the 54,075 participants, 13,103 had died by the time of
follow-up. About 45 percent of the heavy-smoking men had died during the 30
years compared to just 18 percent of the never-smokers. Similarly, about 33
percent of the heavy-smoking women had died compared to only 13 percent of
The trend was also apparent when it came to cardiovascular incidences. The
heart attack rate for men who were heavy smokers was 21 percent compared to
10 percent for men who were never-smokers. There were also strong
associations found between smoking, stroke and diabetes.
"These results show what a tremendous impact smoking has on mortality,"
Professor Haakon Meyer from the University of Oslo, said in a press release.
"We are talking about very high numbers of people."
SOURCE: EuroPRevent 2009, Stockholm