Ex-smokers will need 16 years to normalize their health. This is evidenced by data from the Fremingham, Medical Express and BGNews reported.
Experts analyzed the health status of 8,700 volunteers. All participants at the beginning of the observations were without cardiovascular disease. On average, the volunteers were investigated for 27 years. Researchers have compared risk indicators for heart and vascular disease in smokers, former smokers, and nonsmokers.
It was found that 70% of disease cases developed in smokers or former smokers who smoked a packet of cigarettes per day. For those who abandoned the habit, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease declined by 38%.
The data are compared with those of volunteers who continued to use tobacco products. Generally It took 16 years of smoking cessation to normalize health indicators.
Meredith Duncan, author of the study, says the benefits of smoking cessation are already remarkable in the first five years.