Smokers With Heart Disease Could Gain Five Healthy Years By Quitting

Giving up smoking can really add years to your life.

Amsterdam University researchers found that for people with heart disease, giving up smoking seems to be as effective as taking three medications for preventing heart attacks and strokes. In these individuals, quitting smoking was also associated with a gain of 4.81 heart-event-free years.

Study author Dr. Tinka Can Trier adds, “This indicates that smoking cessation is a very important step towards adding healthy years to one’s lifetime. It is important to remember that the analysis did not even account for the other advantages of giving up the habit—for example on respiratory illnesses, cancer and longevity.”  (EurekAlert!)