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Tue., Sept. 27, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Another good reason to quit smoking

Joe Nappi
Joe Nappi

Quitting can lengthen your life, lessen health woes and make you smell better, too.

And today, yet one more reason from HealthDay.

It may help improve your everyday memory. The team at Northumbria University in Newcastle, the United Kingdom, gave memory tests to 27 smokers, 18 former-smokers and 24 never-smokers. The test involved remembering to do assigned tasks at different locations on the university campus. Smokers remembered only 59 percent of the tasks, compared with 74 percent for former-smokers and 81 percent for never-smokers.

My father, a Winston two-pack-a-dayer, gave it up the day a friend died of smoking-related lung cancer and never smoked one more cigarette. I've always been in awe of his willpower.

What finally got you to quit smoking?

(Photo of my dad, Joe Nappi, circa 1960s. Cigarette was likely in the hand not showing)

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