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10 Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking

If you need more incentive to quit smoking, here are some reasons that you may not know about.

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Breast Cancer: Active Smoking Plays Bigger Role Than Thought

Other research out in 2004 shows that active smoking may play a much larger role in increasing breast cancer risk than previously thought.

In the study, published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers looked at breast cancer risk among 116,544 women in the California Teachers Study who reported their smoking status. Between 1996 and 2000, 2,000 of the women developed breast cancer.

The prevalence of breast cancer among current smokers was 30% higher than the women who had never smoked -- regardless of whether the nonsmokers had been exposed to secondhand or passive smoke.

Those at greatest risk: Women who started smoking before age 20, who began smoking at least five years before their first full-term pregnancy, and who had smoked for longer periods of time or smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day.

So get going and check out the WebMD Resources for quitting this destructive cycle.

And There's More ...

If those top 10 reasons weren't enough to motivate you to quit smoking, keep this in mind:

 

  • Smoking is linked to certain colon cancers.
  • Smoking may increase the risk of depression in young people,
  • Some studies have linked smoking to thyroid disease.

 

If you're finally convinced you should quit, you can start right now with these WebMD resources:

 

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