One new study suggests that graduating from both high school and college have as much impact on your lifespan as smoking cigarettes.
Examining patterns of mortality rates from 1925, 1935, 1945, and 1986-2004, researches have determined that while overall live expectancy has been increasing overall, those with lower or no education had a shorter average lifespan as a group.
The study went as far as to claim that in 2010 as many as 145,243 deaths could be attributed to a lack of education. Those without a high school education or GED who died prematurely, “Is comparable to the estimated number of deaths that could be averted if all current smokers had the mortality rates of former smokers”
Although those who have a high school diploma or GED faired better, as a group their mortality rate was still higher than those with a college education.
In the conclusion of the study, the researches suggested that an increase in education, even in adults, could significantly reduce mortality.