Reviewed by Matthew Hoffman on December 12, 2009

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Isadore Rosenfeld, MD. Rossi Distinguished Professor Clinical Medicine NYU Weil Cornell Medical Center

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Narrator: It is possible to reverse damage to your health after years of smoking?If I've smoked for years, isn't it too late to stop?

Isadore Rosenfeld, MD: people who are addicted to nicotine, and it is an addiction, will look for reasons not to stop. And the commonest reason, listen I've been smoking all my life,
what difference is it going to make now if I stop now? Well the data, the evidence says no matter how long you've been smoking, you stop now, and you reduce your chances, you reduce your risk for all the terrible things that tobacco does, ranging from lung cancer, to cardiovascular disease, to pancreatic cancer, to bladder cancer, to terrible breath…. You know, if I could put a sign outside my office, it would read, it's never too late.