One Cigarette Takes 14 Minutes of Your Life

One Cigarette Takes 14 Minutes of Your Life

A cigarette can shorten your life by approximately 14 minutes, while an alcoholic beverage can shorten it with up to 6.5 hours. This is clear from figures on a new site, based on data from American administrations.  


The website Treatment4addiction would like to free men and women from addictions and have calculated how many years of their lives people lose if they have an alcohol, smoke or drug addiction based on data from various American administrations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  


Heroin is the most harmful

The experts explain these calculations based on actual examples. One cigarette 'cuts' 13.8 minutes from your life. One pack (20 cigarettes) per day costs your 4.6 hours of your life. One alcoholic beverage costs you 6.6 hours of your life. If you drink two drinks a day you will shorten your life with 14.1 hours. Someone who drinks two drinks a day from their 16th birthday can die up to 23 years earlier than their peers who drink no alcohol.  


People who use drugs occasionally or regularly affect their bodies the most. A line of cocaine of 150 milligram costs a user 5.1 hours of their life. An addict who uses daily shortens his / her life with 34.3 years. The average user snorts for the first time in his / her twenties and dies at the average age of 44.5 years. Heroine is the drug that affects the body the most. One shot a day takes 22.8 hours from your life. An addict administering on average 3 injections per day loses approximately 68.4 hours of his / her life. An addiction lasts an average of 14.5 years according to the data, for which the users have shortened their lives by half. The average heroin addict dies when he / she is 37.5 years old.  


Four formulas

These are worked out based on four simple formulas. They then subtracted the average age at which the investigated people died from their average life expectancy. This led to a new figure: the number of lost years for people with an addiction.  


The experts then multiplied the number of years lost with 365 (the number of days per year) and 24 (the number of hours in a day). After this calculation they also knew how many hours one loses exactly from smoking, drinking or doing drugs. They also released data associated with the daily use of addictive substances. If they multiplied that with the number of days that people were effectively smoking, taking drugs or drinking the outcome was exactly how much they were using. This result helped to determine how much time one loses per dose. How? By dividing the lost hours by the number of doses used during your lifetime.

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