Quitting smoking lowers heart disease risk

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Quitting smoking lowers the risk of heart disease even if it results in significant weight gain.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3,200 people over 30-years-old.

People who had stopped smoking for up to four years had a 53 percent lower risk of heart and artery disease than smokers, even though they typically gained five-to-10 pounds over that four-year period.

Former smokers who stayed away from cigarettes for more than four years also cut their risk of heart disease and stroke in half and their weight gain was only about one or two pounds.

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