This large cohort found for those age 25-79, current smoking increased the risk of death from any cause by 3 times, compared to nonsmokers, and reduced life expectancy by 10 years, compared to nonsmokers. These modern day statistics are sobering and should be used to enhance smoking cessation advice for all smoking patients (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.