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iVillage.com: Fact or Fiction: Quitting Smoking

Fact: Your Body Starts to Repair Itself Immediately After Quitting

The benefits of quitting can occur within just weeks from your last puff. After two weeks, college students who quit had fewer respiratory problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain than students who still smoked, according to a recent study at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Other benefits come with time: Within a year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker. In five years, your stroke risk is the same as a nonsmoker’s. “It’s always worth it to quit,” says Norman Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer for the American Lung Association. “Your health benefits, no matter what your age.”

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