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Can quitting smoking lower my risk for stroke?

Quitting smoking is one of the cornerstones of stroke prevention. In one British study, people who had smoked fewer than 20 cigarettes daily before quitting lowered their risk after quitting to the level of those who had never smoked. Although heavier smokers who quit did not entirely eliminate their risk, they did reduce it. Results from both the Framingham Heart Study and Honolulu Heart Study confirm these findings. Switching from cigarettes to pipes or cigars doesn't reduce the risk of stroke at all.

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