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Updated 10 August 2017

SEE: 9 nasty effects smoking has on your body

We all know smoking's bad for you. Find out what smoking does to various parts of your body.

Tar, carbon monoxide, acetone, lead... These are just some of the dangerous ingredients contained in every single cigarette.

Yet, about 8 million South Africans smoke.

Thinking of quitting?

Fortunately, your body bounces back quickly, and within just 20 minutes you should start noticing some positive changes, starting with your pulse returning to normal.

After 72 hours you start breathing more easily; after a year your risk of heart attack is half that of a non-smoker; and after 10 years your risk of lung cancer is 50% of a smoker's. 

Find out how smoking affects the different parts of your body. 

Dangerous effects of smoking on your body infograp


Are you ready to kick the habit? Complete this quiz to find out how difficult it would be for you to quit for good. 

 
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