Research Brief: A decade for ex-smokers to benefit

It takes 10 years for the arteries of former smokers to return to a healthy state, according to Irish researchers, who measured the arterial stiffness of 150 smokers, 136 ex-smokers and 268 people who never smoked. It was only after 10 years of smoking cessation that arterial stiffness returned to healthy levels (http://hyper.ahajournals.org)

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