Here's another reason to join the great American Smoke Out tomorrow, and pledge to kick the habit, for at least a day.
We've known for some time that smoking increases the risk for breathing problems, lung cancer and heart disease, but new research suggests smokers who quit can protect their heart, and cut their risk of heart disease faster than previously thought.
The study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham looks back at folks who quit smoking between 8 and 15 years ago. And they found those quitters have by now lowered their risk for death from heart disease to that of people who never smoked at all.
The study focused on those who had smoked for 30 years. But researcher Dr. Ali Ahmed said he hopes the findings will give new incentive to young adults, before they smoke for a lifetime.
"These findings give an incentive for people who are early into their smoking to quit. Because they will realize they have a better chance of becoming like never smokers sooner.
This research was presented at the American Heart Association's scientific sessions.
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