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Updated: 11/12/2017 08:30:01AM

10 reasons to quit smoking right now

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The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 16.

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Quitting smoking can greatly improve smokers’ long-term health and can even begin paying dividends almost immediately.

Smoking is a leading contributor to many diseases and harms nearly every organ of the body, advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, alcohol use, illegal drug use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents each individually. Smoking not only accounts for 90 percent of all lung cancer-related deaths, but also it increases the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancers almost anywhere in the body.

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