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Study: Smoking doubles risk for stroke
USA Today

Compared to people who don’t smoke, smokers face twice the risk of stroke and they are likely to have that stroke nearly a decade sooner, a Canadian study finds. But within two years of quitting smoking, the risk for stroke or heart disease drops to non-smoker levels, the researchers said. “Stroke is preventable,” said Dr. Mike Sharma, deputy director of the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), in a CSN news release.

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