It kills more than half of its users by damaging internal organs and is so harmful that its own packet agrees. Cigarette smoking doesn’t only harm the one who smokes, but also those who are merely exposed to the smoke. Of the 8 million people that smoking kills, about 1.2 million are non-smokers who inhale second-hand smoke.
Smoking damages almost ever part of your body, not just your lungs. It impacts your mouth, heart, blood vessels, bones, bladder, and even digestive system. Unfortunately, quitting the habit is not easy due to intolerable withdrawal symptoms. Even if a person does manage to quit, there’s always the chance of going back to smoking.
If a former smoker successfully quits for good though, the good news is that his organs start recovering. According to a new study, it takes from 10 to 25 years for a smoker’s risk of cardiovascular disease to be completely slashed down. This research also found that in the first five years after quitting, the risk of heart disease is lowered by 40%.
What Did The Study Find?
Researchers from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee published this report in the Journal of American Medical Association. Scientists analyzed the data of about 8,800 people from The Framingham Heart Study. Of these participants, 2,400 were heavy smokers who smoked one cigarette a day for a period of 20 years.
Moreover, 4,900 of these people were the children and grandchildren of the smokers. During the follow-up of these participants over 26 years, 2,400 participants had a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. Of the people who experienced heart-related health concerns, 1,100 were heavy smokers. However, the damage caused is not beyond repair.
Researchers found that quitting can reduce cardiovascular risk of heavy smokers by 40% in the first five years. Furthermore, it takes up to 25 years for the risk to be lowered to the level of someone who has never smoked.
What Did The Researchers Say?
This study was conducted on a wide pool of participants. Therefore, its findings hold a lot of importance. Researchers emphasized on how one shouldn’t start smoking and if he does, measures to quit must be taken soon. This is because smoking is one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
After quitting, there is a chance of recovery. Senior author of the study, Dr. Hilary Tindle said, “The cardiovascular system begins to heal relatively quickly after quitting smoking, even for people who have smoked heavily over decades.” However, since full recovery takes time it is crucial to quit fast.
Smoking tobacco is a harmful habit which can be challenging to quit. It doesn’t only damage the health of smokers but also passive smokers. Keeping this in view quitting is necessary. A new study says that the recovery of heart health after quitting smoking is possible. In the first fiver years after quitting, the CVD risk of former smokers is reduced by 40%