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[NOV. 11, 2005]  ATLANTA, Ga. -- Compared to smokers, your...

  • Stroke risk is reduced after five to 15 years of not smoking to that of a person who never smoked.

  • Cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus risks are halved five years after quitting.

  • Cancer of the larynx risk is reduced after quitting.

  • Coronary heart disease risk is cut by half one year after quitting and 15 years after quitting is nearly the same as someone who never smoked.

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease risk of death is reduced after you quit.

  • Lung cancer risk drops by as much as half 10 years after quitting.

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  • Ulcer risk drops after quitting.

  • Bladder cancer risk is halved a few years after quitting.

  • Peripheral artery disease goes down after quitting.

  • Cervical cancer risk is reduced a few years after quitting.

  • Low birth-weight baby risk drops to normal if you quit before pregnancy or during your first trimester.

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