Smokers are three times more likely to die between the ages of 45 and 64 than those who never smoked
Two times more likely to die between the ages of 65 and 84 than never-smokers
33% of non-smokers live to age 85, compared to only 12% of smokers
In other words, smoking-related deaths have their most dramatic impact on the young-old, especially those in the 50 to 70 year old age range. These smokers are denied the opportunity to experience an old age, to say nothing of a healthy old age.