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I'm 28 years old and have recently given up smoking after a steady reduction over several years. I've smoked for seven years probably averaging two cigarettes a day. At most I smoked 10 a day and for the past year only one a week but have now stopped completely. This is obviously the biggest step I can take to improve my health but I still find the possible consequences of my years of smoking terrifying.
Am I still at risk of premature death? What are my chances of developing conditions due to my smoking past?
Conditions like COPD are particularly worrying for me. I'm a semi-serious cyclist and ride thousands of miles a year. I've had asthma since childhood (which is now very well controlled) so can imagine the debilitating effects of such an illness. Developing a condition like that and facing years of slow decline where I would become less and less able to ride my bike make me feel extremely depressed.
Obviously the cancers and heart disease are also very scary and something I think about everyday.
What are my chances? Is there any more I can do improve my health?
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