WALTHAM, MASS. - Smokers who quit by around age 40 can stave off an early death, according to a landmark study - published Wednesday in the online version of the New England Journal of Medicine - that fills key gaps in knowledge of smoking-related health ills. While smokers who never stop lose about a decade of life expectancy, those who quit between ages 35 and 44 gained back nine of those years, the study found. Quitting young, before age 35, erased the entire decade of lost life expectancy.
NORFOLK, VA. - The Navy said that its sailors in the United States will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests starting next month. Any sailor whose blood-alcohol level is .04 or higher when reporting for duty won't be allowed to work, the Navy said. A positive test result won't be used to punish sailors, but could be used to refer them to counseling. However, sailors who refuse to submit to a test could face disciplinary action.