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How can quitting smoking help prevent heart disease?

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Soon after you stop, your odds of getting heart disease or high blood pressure will drop. After 1 to 2 years of not smoking, you'll be much less likely to get heart disease.

From: Smoking and Heart Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

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