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How much permanent damage have I done to my heart/lungs ?

i smoked from the age of 15-26 and quit, i am now 29, how much permanent damage have i done to my heart/lungs? i smoked from the age of 15-26 and quit, i am now 29, how much permanent damage have i done to my heart/lungs?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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It takes a minimum of 10 years to let the lungs heal completely from the effects of smoking. Copd, empyshema, lung cancer are just a few problems that could develop related to smoking exposure.
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