Thursday, June 5, 2008

Quitting smoking lowers womens risk of heart disease 47%

Reuters HealthDay published a report on May 13, 2007 on an article in the May 7, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, which found that women who quit smoking have a 47% lower risk of dying from heart disease within 5 years than women who continue to smoke. Here is part of what the article says:

New research shows that women who quit smoking have a 47 percent lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease within five years of extinguishing their last cigarette.

The risks of dying from other conditions also decline after quitting, although the time frame varies depending on the disease.

"The harms of smoking are reversible and can decline to the level of nonsmokers," said study author Stacey Kenfield, whose report is in the May 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "For some conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it can take more than 20 years, but there is a rapid reduction for others."

"It's never too early to stop, and it's never too late to stop," added Kenfield, who is a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Not only does tobacco smoke cause lung cancer, it is also implicated in heart disease, other cancers and respiratory diseases.

At GCASA we have Nicotine specialists in both clinics in Batavia and Albion as well as all our clinical staff are trained to assess stages of readiness of clients and if ready, to help them with smoking cessation. It is no exaggeration to say that these efforts are saving lives and research such as the study referenced in this article proves it.

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