01/13/2012 03:05 pm ET

Study: Divorce Can Kill At Same Rate As Smoking

Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all? Er, maybe not. A new study entitled "Divorce and Death" appearing "Psychological Science" shows that broken marriages can kill at the same rate as smoking cigarettes.

Indications that the risk of dying is a full 23 percent higher among divorcᅢᄅes than married people surprised even the researchers, who didn't think life expectancy would be slashed to ages comparable with smokers, heavy drinkers, and the obese.

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