Smokers Who Quit Boost Heart Health
When people quit smoking, they tend to gain a little weight. Researchers set out to test whether improvements in heart health from quitting are offset by the effects of weight gain. They monitored the weight, smoking status, and health of 3,200 people who didn’t have heart disease at the study’s start. After 25 years, the results were good news for quitters. The people who gained weight after quitting smoking still had a much lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than those who kept smoking. So, stopping smoking is a boon for heart health, even if some excess pounds add up.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, March 13, 2013