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Cataract risk slowly drops after discontinued tobacco use.

A Swedish study showed that the risk of developing a cataract is reduced
after ceasing smoking, but remains higher than the risk in people who
have never smoked. Smoking more than 15 cigarettes per day was
associated with 42% higher likelihood of a cataract surgery during
12 years of follow-up. In patients who had quit smoking for 20 years, that
risk had declined to a relative 21% above that of never-smokers.

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