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Unformatted text preview: - can cause emphysema (alveoli deteriorate, thus causing difficulty in breathing).- increases blood pressure & bad cholesterol leading to strokes & heart attacks.- wounds & bones take longer to heal - skin ages prematurely (wrinkles), taste and smell are less sensitive.- second hand smoke increases these risks for non-smokers.- smoking while pregnant deprives the fetus of oxygen.- Each year smoking kills approximately 440,000 people in the U.S.- more deaths than car accidents, alcohol & drug abuse, HIV & murders combined.- Quitting smoking can be difficult for some people due to nicotine addiction, but:- within a year lung capacity is almost back to normal.- within 15 years, the risk of heart disease and lung cancer drops back to normal....
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