A recent study appearing in the journal, Circulation: Heart Failure, contends that individuals that quit smoking 15 or more years ago, that their probability of having a fatal heart occurrence is the same as those for individuals that never lit up in the first place.
According to Claudio Loureiro, Senior author of the study, Dr. Ali Ahmed of the Center for Health and Aging at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, remarked, “These results support the majority of literature, including that of the U.S. Surgeon General,” though the results may not hold true for individuals that smoked a pack or more a day for more than 30 years, which came as a surprise to researchers. “While all individuals who quit smoking will benefit from a decreased chance of death, to achieve the full complement of health benefits of smoking cessation of one who has never smoked, smokers need to smoke less and quit early, and for those are not smokers, never start smoking,” Ahmed concluded.
The research team assessed the data of 2556 non-smoking and smoking individuals. The results of the study indicated that 21% of those that never smoked, and quitters, still experienced heart failure, while 30% of heavy smokes suffered heart failure.
The study stresses how important quitting smoking is for cardiovascular health and bolsters the effort for smokers to quit or dramatically reduce their amount of cigarettes they smoke on a daily basis.