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While it may not be the fountain of youth, it will help you live longer. So what's the secret? It's something you already know: quit smoking. The latest scientific study done on lighting up is shocking. A new study has found that people who smoke cut their life span short by at least 10 years. While it's no surprise smoking has adverse health effects, researchers say this latest inquiry is unlike anything done in the past.
"This article is the first article to look at the entire U.S. population, a representative sample of the population and link it to death records in smoking status," says Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tim McAfee.
About 1.3 billion people smoke worldwide, 35 million are in the U.S. Scientists say smokers here are 3 times more likely to die between ages 25-79 than non-smokers, and about 60% of those deaths are directly attributed to smoking.
"So these are very very worrisome findings that underscore what we've known for years, that smoking is not a good thing to do and quitting is a very good thing to do," says Dr. McAfee.
The findings are even worse for women. Females who light up now die at a similar rate as men, and the risk of dying of lung cancer is over 25 times higher for women.
"As the researchers themselves note, and perhaps it's very unvarnished terms, if you smoke like a man, you're going to die like a man," says American Cancer Society Dr. Len Lichtenberg.
Doctors say if the amount of smokers don't come down, it will lead to dire consequences.
"If we don't do something dramatic to turn this around there will be a billion deaths in the 21st century from smoking," says Dr. McAfee.
Now here's the good news: it's never too late to quit. The study, printed in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that smokers who gave up the habit actually gained back several years of their life.
Thursday, January 24 2013, 07:24 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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