I don't smoke, but I've always held a special hatred for those judgemental busy-bodies who shame social smokers. You know the type: He/she is drunk at a party, he/she is standing outside for some reason, and he/she is bored enough to give a lecture to the poor guy who lights up like once a week. "You shouldn't s-smoke!!! Isss bad for you and they'll put a hole in your neck!!! Why do you want to die? Stay on Earth with me!"
Welp, if you're one of those once-a-week guys, this is just a revelation from the New York Times today:
It is often said that smoking takes years off your life, and now a new study shows just how many: Longtime smokers can expect to lose about 10 years of life expectancy.
But amid those grim findings was some good news for former smokers. Those who quit before they turn 35 can gain most if not all of that decade back, and even those who wait until middle age to kick the habit can add about five years back to their life expectancies.
Not surprisingly, the study showed that the earlier a person quit smoking, the greater the impact. People who quit between 25 and 34 years of age gained about 10 years of life compared to those who continued to smoke. But there were benefits at many ages. People who quit between 35 and 44 gained about nine years, and those who stopped between 45 and 59 gained about four to six years of life expectancy.
Let's be clear: Smoking is bad. Don't start smoking. But if you're young and occasional smoker... eh, it's not the worst thing in the world. It might even be healthier than being the type who gets worked up and delivers anti-smoking lectures.
BroBible PSAs. They're sweeping the nation!