Poster: The Benefits of Quitting
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Compared to smokers, your…
- Stroke risk may be reduced to about the same as a person who never smoked after 2 to 5 years of not smoking
- Cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus risks are halved within 5 years after quitting
- Cancer of the larynx risk is reduced after quitting
- Coronary heart disease risk is cut by half 1 year after quitting and is nearly the same as someone who never smoked 15 years after quitting
- 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
- Ulcer risk drops after quitting
- Bladder cancer risk is halved within 5 years of 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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