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Surgeon General's Statement on the Great American Smokeout - November 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
November 19, 2009 

“Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for you and your family. No matter how long you have smoked, there are major and immediate benefits to quitting now. Within minutes of quitting your heart rate drops and within a day the carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal. Within 2 weeks to three months, your risk for a heart attack decreases. The benefits only get better the longer you remain tobacco-free."

- Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General

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