It is never too late to quit smoking, as people who give up in their sixties still cut their chances of dying.
Scientists have found stopping smoking even in retirement could help someone stay alive for longer.
A study by US researchers discovered smokers aged 70 and over are unsurprisingly three times more likely to die than someone who has never had a cigarette.
But when they tracked people of this age who had smoked, they found just 27.9 per cent of those who quit in their sixties had died – compared to a third of those who never gave up.
Stopping smoking even in retirement could help someone stay alive for longer, experts found
The odds fell to 23.9 per cent for people who gave up cigarettes in their fifties, while fewer than one in five who quit tobacco in their forties died from diseases including lung cancer and heart disease.
It shows that quitting at any…