When does CVD risk drop after quitting smoking?

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

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

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.