One of the best things I have ever done in my life was to give up smoking. To beat smoking was a huge mountain for me to climb. Just get on with it and give up the cigs. Here is the medical proof you need…

A new study shows that smokers who quit have healthier arteries a year later and probably will have less risk of heart disease as a result.

Doctors say the improvement came even though people who kicked the habit gained an average of 9 pounds. The study at the University of Wisconsin in Madison involved 1500 smokers who were given one of five methods, such as nicotine patches or lozenges, to help them quit.

About one-third were successful, regardless of which method they used. Ultrasound tests were used to measure the health of their arteries before and after the study.

Results were reported this week at a cardiology conference in Atlanta, USA.

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