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Never too late to stop smoking

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Some smokers believe it is not worth quitting smoking since damage to the body has already been done. According to experts at the Holden Cancer Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, many effects of smoking can be reversed. Starting almost from the moment a smoker smokes a last cigarette, the body begins to repair itself.

Here are just a few of the advantages listed in U.S. Surgeon General reports:

--Two to three months after quitting, the lungs work better and heart attack risk begins to decrease.

--Within nine months, former smokers have less coughing, shortness of breath and risk of infection.

--One year after quitting, a former smoker's risk of heart disease is half a current smoker's risk

--Ten years after quitting smoking, the risk of dying from lung cancer is 30 to 50 percent that of a current smoker.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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