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Smokers and ex-smokers who exercise reduce risk of death by 30%
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:52 pm Email this article
Ex-smokers who exercise were 30% less likely to have died over some number of years compared to ex-smokers who do not exercise according to an analysis of self-reported exercise and smoking in 106,341 adults in the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey.
The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 29% lower in ex-smokers who exercised versus those who do not.
The risk of dying from cancer was 34% lower in ex-smokers who exercised versus those who do not.
Similar results were found in smokers who exercised versus smokers who do not.
The risk of dying over some number of years was 31% lower in smokers who exercise versus smokers who do not.
O’Donovan G, Hamer M, and Stamatakis E. Relationships between exercise, smoking habit and mortality in more than 100,000 adults. Int J Cancer, 2017 Apr 15; 140(8): 1819-1827.
Author’s Contact Info
Dr Gary O’Donovan
School of Sport, Exerciseand Health Sciences
National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine–
East Midlands, Loughborough University
Loughborough LE1 13TU, United Kingdom
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