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How much does quitting smoking reduce my risk of heart disease and cancer?

Smokers who quit have immediate health benefits:

  • Risk for a heart attack drops sharply just one year after quitting.
  • After two to five years, the chance of stroke can fall to about the same as a nonsmoker's.
  • Within five years of quitting, the chance of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder is cut in half.
  • Ten years after quitting smoking, the risk for dying from lung cancer drops by half.

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