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Quitting smoking at any age cuts risk of CVD

Senior cardiac nurse Chris Allen at the British Heart Foundation has commented on research revealing the positive affects of quitting smoking even at a later stage of life.

Allen said: “The evidence that smoking causes significant harm to your heart is overwhelming. This study further emphasises just how important it is that we do everything in our power to quit.” 

The research, carried out from the German Cancer Research Center, revealed that people who quit, even after smoking past 60, saw their risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) decreased notably within the first five years of giving up. Their risk continued to decrease over time the longer they remained smoke-free.

The results showed smokers were twice as likely to die from CVD than people who have never smoked, and on average died more than five years sooner than non-smokers. Their risk increased the more cigarettes they smoked.

Data was analysed from half a million people aged 60 and older to see how smoking impacted their risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease.

Allen said: “Giving up can potentially add years to your life and, as this research suggests, the benefits can be felt at any age so it's never too late to kick the habit.”