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Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Washington Post ^ | 11/27/08 | na

Posted on 11/28/2008 8:42:30 PM PST by kewlhandluke2

Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span

During Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, female smokers should take advantage of available resources, pick a quit day, and start taking steps toward kicking the habit, urges The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Even though smoking takes an average of 14.5 years off women's lives, almost one in five American women age 18 and older smokes.

"The damaging effects of smoking on women are extensive, well-documented, and can be observed from the cradle to the premature grave," Dr. Sharon Phelan said in an organization news release. She helped develop ACOG's smoking cessation materials for health care providers.

"Smoking is a harmful habit that negatively affects nearly every organ in the body. There's just no good reason not to quit," she said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: pufflist; smoking
14.5 years! I'm thankful my mother finally quit. The beginning emphysema she has will slowly kill her, but by quitting now she may extend her life.
1 posted on 11/28/2008 8:42:30 PM PST by kewlhandluke2
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To: kewlhandluke2
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span

So do men, but no one really cares about that.

2 posted on 11/28/2008 8:45:23 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: kewlhandluke2

Gee, my Mom smoked and lived to be 91. I don’t think she would have wanted to be 105.


3 posted on 11/28/2008 8:47:46 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

Excellent....I hope my mom can make it that long.


4 posted on 11/28/2008 8:49:22 PM PST by kewlhandluke2
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To: kewlhandluke2

My mom died 11 years ago at age 57. She started smoking at age 13. Heavily at 18. Emphysema at age 50. Cancer and brain tumor at 57.


5 posted on 11/28/2008 8:50:36 PM PST by rintense
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To: kewlhandluke2

Smoking was one of the dumbest things I ever did. Quitting was one of the more intelligent decisions, though.


6 posted on 11/28/2008 8:51:39 PM PST by mysterio
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To: kewlhandluke2
In the 20th century, collectivist governments (much like ours now), slaughtered more than 120 million of their citizens.

I wonder if the average time stolen from those people was greater than 14.5 years.

7 posted on 11/28/2008 8:57:30 PM PST by meadsjn (Socialists promote neighbors selling out their neighbors; Free Traitors promote just the opposite.)
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To: Grizzled Bear
So do men, but no one really cares about that.

Can you think of any reason why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists might think of women first, rather than men?
8 posted on 11/28/2008 9:00:41 PM PST by Mariebl
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To: kewlhandluke2

Smoking is harmful, but I suspect it affects diferent people differently. Some will get emphysema and some won’t and while it is harmful to all, many live long lives.

My mom died of cancer at 47, lived healthy, never smoked. Both my grandmothers smoked into their 80’s and died in their mid 90’s. One grandfather died of a heart attack early, the other in his 80’s, a pipe smoker.


9 posted on 11/28/2008 9:03:38 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: kewlhandluke2
There is no doubt that smoking is unhealthy, but how a study is conducted that determines how many years is taken from a life by smoking leaves me skeptical.

It is a legal activity that should be left to the adult’s discrimination.

And before all the health insurance issue arguments arise..over eating, riding motorcycles and just life in general is dangerous.

10 posted on 11/28/2008 9:05:42 PM PST by berdie
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To: Mariebl
Can you think of any reason why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists might think of women first, rather than men?

The whole gynecologists concerned about smoking thing is freaking me out.

11 posted on 11/28/2008 9:10:26 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Fido969
The whole gynecologists concerned about smoking thing is freaking me out.

They say if you smoke after sex you should probably slow down...

12 posted on 11/28/2008 9:12:24 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: kewlhandluke2; All

Uh, butt-slammers lose over twenty years off their average life expectancy...why don’t these ‘experts’ state their opposition to homosexuality?


13 posted on 11/28/2008 9:15:23 PM PST by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: kewlhandluke2

pah 14.5 years not in diapers, in filthy nursing homes, or wandering off and getting lost. Now I can’t speak for everyone but I’m perfectly content to pass on when I get very old say about 30.


14 posted on 11/28/2008 9:19:36 PM PST by utherdoul
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To: berdie
And before all the health insurance issue arguments arise..over eating, riding motorcycles and just life in general is dangerous

People who smoke are less likely to eat healthy. If everyone stopped smoking today, life expectency would rise, but it not as much as some believe. The main problem with these smoking studies is that there is no precise control group. Of course, if you were in a high school science class you would fail for such a poorly conducted experiment. For "scientists" living off of federal grants, however, scientific method comes second to political correctness.

15 posted on 11/28/2008 9:23:58 PM PST by douginthearmy (In the face of total electoral defeat, show some semblance of sanity.)
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To: kewlhandluke2; Quix

Whoa. Interesting. Thanks. Glad I never started. I already have enough other challenges.


16 posted on 11/28/2008 9:37:46 PM PST by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: douginthearmy

Smoking seems illogical, as no other animals wad leaves and inhale their exhaust. That said, I expect that soon enough we shall see an anti cancer pill made from nicotine. I gave up smoking twenty years ago after a hurricane destroyed my city. I couldn’t get to a store to replenish the idiotic habit, and thought that it might be wise to give it up completely. I missed a nightly smoke for a couple of weeks, and then was glad to be shed of the noxious plant.


17 posted on 11/28/2008 9:39:01 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: utherdoul

My husband’s cousin died today of cancer, she was 59, didn’t smoke, I don’t think she drank much either. Her MIL is in a nursing home and will probably die in a few days of cancer, she didn’t smoke but she drank a good amount of gin everyday.

My mother had Alzheimer’s, it was awful, I wouldn’t want that for sure. My dad smoked until he was about 70 and died when he was 78, just fell over with a stroke, what a way to go.


18 posted on 11/28/2008 9:51:47 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: kewlhandluke2

Offspring of Feminazi’s lose 100% of their lifespan!


19 posted on 11/28/2008 9:54:46 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: douginthearmy
“scientific method comes second to political correctness.”

I agree with your post almost 100 per cent.

I only disagree with one point. I think the poor eating habits in this country are shared by both smokers and non-smokers. If it's cheap...and more importantly...easy, that's what folks will eat. There is a move to eating in a more healthy manner, but it hasn't overtaken the bulk of the population yet.

Even more than the smoking hazard, I think the preservatives and hormones in food, additives in water and a sedentary (for many) lifestyle causes more health risk.

20 posted on 11/28/2008 9:56:13 PM PST by berdie
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To: kewlhandluke2

Any chance Nancy Pelosi is a smoker? Maybe Michelle will pick up the habit from Barack. :crosses fingers:


21 posted on 11/28/2008 9:58:38 PM PST by exist
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To: utherdoul
I think that will change when you get to be 28 or 29.
22 posted on 11/28/2008 10:02:51 PM PST by Ditter
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To: kewlhandluke2

As long as you lose it off the end and not out of the middle.... I mean... in my family the women live till 93. I’d better hurry up and start smoking if I want to avoid that.


23 posted on 11/28/2008 10:24:24 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (History repeats itself because human nature is static.)
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To: kewlhandluke2
"Smoking is a harmful habit that negatively affects nearly every organ in the body. There's just no good reason not to quit," she(Dr. Phalen) said.

Then you should quit doctor. Everyone knows about smoking. Stop worrying so much about what everyone else is doing. I'm sure skydivers live statistically shorter lives than non-skydivers. We all have free agency and know exactly what we are doing. I really hate that there are so many people in the country the want to be the nanny to everyone else. Sadly, many of them are in the GOP and have branded us all as people who are obsessed with what everyone else is doing.

24 posted on 11/28/2008 10:39:27 PM PST by MovementConservative (In 4 years GW Bush and the free-spending republicans have almost completely destroyed the GOP.)
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To: kewlhandluke2

My 94-year-old aunt still slips out onto the porch for an occasional Chesterfield.


25 posted on 11/28/2008 10:40:43 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: kewlhandluke2

Being sedentary is worse.


26 posted on 11/28/2008 11:04:52 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: kewlhandluke2

And their skin turn brownish-yellow, teeth rot, and face go south.

If you don’t believe me, check out my mother-in-law.


27 posted on 11/28/2008 11:16:58 PM PST by Ben Reyes
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To: berdie
The Governator disgrees with this theory:


28 posted on 11/28/2008 11:36:08 PM PST by F16Fighter (I do not believe Kenyan-born Presidents are constitiutionally acceptable....YET.)
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To: ozzymandus
George Burns and other people also smoked and lived long lives. It is just that they are outliers ....most people who smoke will expose themselves to health complications later in life.

Now, I would not go to someone and tell them not to smoke. I really don't give a darn what someone else does with their own body (although if it was an enclosed space, and after telling the person to stop twice they still continue, my second request would definitely be a smash to the person's face. That is one of the few things I have no tolerance for). Thus, if someone else wants to smoke they can go ahead and puff all day long.

However, smoking for the average person is one of the most imprudent courses of action healthwise one can take. While there are outliers (people who chug every day and have perfect health), the average person gets hammered eventually.

29 posted on 11/29/2008 1:15:04 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: F16Fighter

30 posted on 11/29/2008 1:17:20 AM PST by iowamark
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To: kewlhandluke2

Not really, it just seems that way. Women who are 30 who have smoked for 15 years appear to be 45. And women who smoke tend to have so many medical problems that they claim to be and to act dead at about 65.


31 posted on 11/29/2008 6:09:12 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Grizzled Bear
Reminds me of that old joke:

Q: "Why do husbands die at a younger age than their wives?"
A: "Because they want to"

32 posted on 11/29/2008 6:19:08 AM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: iowamark

Hussein is lookin’ sharp, ain’t he? Marlboro Lights. Armani jacket. Hammer and sickle nose ring (obscured ;-)


33 posted on 11/29/2008 9:33:15 AM PST by F16Fighter (I do not believe Kenyan-born Presidents are constitiutionally acceptable....YET.)
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To: Joya

Thanks.

will share with students.


34 posted on 12/01/2008 12:12:59 PM PST by Quix (LAWLESS LEADER QUOTES FM 1900: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: umgud
One grandfather died of a heart attack early, the other in his 80’s, a pipe smoker.

Based on historical analysis men who smoke a pipe live longer than those that don't. That is likely because they tend to be wealthier however who's to say their extra wealth isn't the result of contemplative pipe smoking and less time with other vices such as drinking. Smoking a pipe is an enjoyable way to rebel against the nanny-state Nazis.

35 posted on 12/01/2008 12:36:12 PM PST by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: Quix

Good.


36 posted on 12/01/2008 2:05:49 PM PST by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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