He smokes – this is surely not a reason serious enough to ditch your best pal, no? Think again, because a new study suggests that living with a smoker puts you in greater risk of an early death. To give you an idea, living in the Chernobyl radiation zone would be a safer option in that case!
According to a study by the scientists at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Great Britain, same is the case with those who stay in a major city place where air pollution results in cardiac and liver-related problems.
In the course of the study, published in the BMC Public Health journal, researcher Jim Smith estimating the increased mortality rate of the emergency worker and came up with some crucial facts.
According to him, the increased cancer rate resulted in a one percent higher risk of premature death among the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. In comparison, if you are a central London resident, the premature death risk is 2.8 percent higher than someone who lives in Inverness, UK’s least polluted city.
Similarly, if you are staying with a smoker, you have 1.7 percent higher risk of a premature end to your precious life.
So the bottom-line is, you have to either convince your fiend to give up smoking, or you have to give up your friendship itself. And your swanky flat in the city-centre maybe something you can boast about, but staying far from the hustle and bustle of a city is a better idea, as far as lifespan is concerned.