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.
More top news
England have been beaten by nine wickets against Pakistan in the first Test at Lord's.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is backing the scheme.
Sunday will be a fine day across much of Scotland and northern England, with much less coastal mist and low cloud than yesterday.