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Brits 'spend 100 hours in bath or shower each year'

Brits spend 100 hours in bath or shower each year, according a new study released today.

The study also shows that we spend nearly an average of 20 minutes in a bath.

It also found that 20% of men accuse their partner of showering too long compared to 15% of women, but reveals that in fact men spend 30 seconds longer in the shower on average.

The study by E.ON also states that those aged 18-24 take 25% more time in the bath and take twice as long in the shower than people older than them.

Over a quarter of people (26%) listen to music in the bathroom, while one in seven (15%) sing to themselves, the report added.

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More than a quarter of a million smokers pledge to quit

More than a quarter of a million people pledged to stub out their last cigarette during the "Stoptober" anti-smoking campaign, the Government has announced.

The month-long NHS quit drive, which runs until the end of October, encourages smokers to kick the habit.

More than a quarter of a million people have vowed to stop smoking under a Government campaign. Credit: Press Association

Research suggests that those who successfully give up for four weeks are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.

Health minister Anna Soubry said the £5.7 million campaign had "exceeded expectations".

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Research into smoking 'cuts risk' of habit

Professor Sir Richard Peto, from Oxford University, who co-authored the study into smoking habits, said:

If women smoke like men, they die like men - but, whether they are men or women, smokers who stop before reaching middle age will on average gain about an extra 10 years of life.

Both in the UK and in the USA, women born around 1940 were the first generation in which many smoked substantial numbers of cigarettes throughout adult life. Hence, only in the 21st century could we observe directly the full effects of prolonged smoking, and of prolonged cessation, on premature mortality among women.

Smokers who quit could 'live up to a decade longer'

The research study into smoking habits also concluded that those smokers who kicked the habit around age 30 avoided 97% of their excess risk of premature death.

Women aged 50 to 65 were enrolled into the Million Women study, designed to investigate links between health and lifestyle, from 1996 to 2001.

Participants completed a questionnaire about living habits, medical and social factors and were re-surveyed three years later. Women were monitored for a total of 12 years on average, during which there were 66,000 deaths.

Smokers can gain 10 extra years of life by quitting habit

Women smokers can earn themselves 10 years of extra life by quitting the habit before middle age, say scientists.

A study of 1.3 million women found that smoking tripled the chances of dying over nine years compared with non-smokers.

A new scientific study says quitting smoking before middle age could extend life. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Most of the increased death rate resulted from smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease or stroke.

The risk rose steeply with the quantity of tobacco smoked, but even light smokers who puffed fewer than 10 cigarettes a day doubled their likelihood of dying.

Scientists to probe cow friendships

How cows make friends is to be investigated in a three-year study. Scientists want to understand more about "social networking" within dairy herds.

Scientists want to understand how cows make friends Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The aim is to help farmers improve the health and welfare of their cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

For the first stage of the research, high-tech "proximity collars" have been fitted to cows on a farm in Cullompton, Devon.

The collars use radio signals to determine how close one cow is to another, allowing scientists to map the animals' social interactions.