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You Quit Smoking, Now What? Here's Four Things from the American Cancer Society that Non-Smokers Can Do to Lower their Risk of Dying from Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and more

New York, NY (April 15, 2011) - The American Cancer Society wants to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Health advocates have stressed that quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk for a variety of diseases and illness. But if you've already quit or - even better - never started, what else can you do to improve your health and celebrate more birthdays of your own?

A new American Cancer Society study of more than 100,000 men and women over 14 years finds nonsmokers who followed recommendations for cancer prevention had a lower risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and all-causes. The study appears early online in Cancer Biomarkers, Epidemiology, and Prevention, and was led by American Cancer Society epidemiologists.

To help you, here are four simple lifestyle choices you can make that will improve your health and reduce you chances of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and a lot more. In addition, the American Cancer Society's website has a host of additional tips to help you stay healthy and celebrate More Birthdays


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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit