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Smoking and Tobacco

Effects after30

03/27/2001

Question:

Stopping smoking before 30 yrs will cause no effect in future? Is it true

Answer:

It is unclear from your question if you are asking if quitting before the age of 30 is a benefit or not OR if there is a benefit to quitting after one has smoked for 30 years. Quitting smoking at any time is a major benefit to one`s health. Certainly, if an individual quits smoking before they are 30 years of age - they can enjoy the benefits of being a nonsmoker for most of their life. If one quits smoking after 30 years of smoking, the body begins to repair some of the damage from exposure to cigarette smoke. In earlier answers the benefits of quitting have been detailed. (See the answers on 11/30/99 and 12/07/99).

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Response by:

Karen L Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN Karen L Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emeritus
College of Public Health
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University