Despite Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Better for Your Heart

For adults without diabetes, quitting smoking was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease despite any weight they may have gained as a result, a new study shows.

People gain on average between six and 13 pounds after they quit smoking, according to a study published in JAMA. Although obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, researchers found that the extra pounds did not affect the cardiovascular benefits of smoking cessation for adults without diabetes. “This supports a net cardiovascular benefit of smoking cessation, despite subsequent weight gain,” the authors wrote.

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