Harvard Heart Letter

Weight gain after quitting smoking does not increase heart risk

Gaining weight after quitting smoking does not negate the benefits of quitting. One study showed a 50% drop in risk of fatal or non-fatal heart attack and stroke six years after quitting, regardless of weight gain.
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