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If you like to have a cigarette occasionally, say with a glass of whiskey, or at a poker game, there are consequences! The National Cancer Institute studied 300-thousand people, looking specifically at the risks of “light” smoking. The result: People who smoked less than one cigarette a day were 9 times more likely to die of lung cancer, and twice as likely to die of heart disease, compared to lifetime nonsmokers. But the good news is, it’s never too late to quit! Researchers found the risk of an early death was greatly reduced once people quit totally. And the younger people were when they quit, the longer they lived.

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