When does CVD risk drop after quitting smoking?

Study provides 'more precise and accurate' figures than previous research

Long-term smokers who kick the habit will improve their cardiovascular health, but not immediately, according to a study.

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Researchers found that the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) declines substantially in the first five years after a smoker stops smoking but does not match the risk of a never-smoker until 10-15 years have elapsed since cessation.

Lead author Meredith Duncan, a PhD student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, said the results showed that within five years of quitting, former heavy smokers had a 39% CVD risk reduction

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