5 Years

Family Circle - - ON DUTY - Source: Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter & Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety

New re­search shows that the risk of de­vel­op­ing lung can­cer drops nearly 40% af­ter heavy smok­ers have quit for this long. But you don’t have to wait that length of time to feel the ben­e­fits. Af­ter only one year of butting out, your risk of coro­nary heart dis­ease is half that of a cur­rent smoker. And af­ter just three months, your lung func­tion ac­tu­ally in­creases. While to­bacco use is still the lead­ing cause of lung can­cer, cig­a­rettes aren’t the only source. You can be ex­posed to deadly car­cino­gens through e-cig­a­rettes and even hookahs. What’s more, even though rates of lung can­cer con­tinue to de­cline over­all, it’s more com­mon in young women than young men in the U.S. If you’re strug­gling to quit, talk to your doc­tor and go to smoke­free.gov for smart strate­gies.

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