Quitting smoking sharply reduces the risk of heart disease -- even if kicking the habit comes along with a few extra pounds, according to a long-term study.
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concurs that quitting smoking leads to weight gain, but the extra weight did not diminish the heart-healthy benefits of eliminating cigarettes.
It's no secret that those living in the throes of nicotine withdrawal can pack on extra padding in compensation. Likewise, extra weight has been linked to extra risk of heart disease.
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