When should I quit smoking?

The answer is: right now. Improvements in pulmonary function can be achieved at any age. The following graph illustrates that quitting at the age of 45 can prevent disability in the average person; even quitting at 65 can delay death by an average of 25 years.

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Graph by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which was adapted from Fletcher CM, Peto R: The natural history of chronic airflow obstruction. Brit Med J  1977; 1:1645-1648.