Weight gain lesser evil than smoking for heart health

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Hanging onto a smoking habit because you fear you’ll gain weight?

Doctors are now saying gaining a bit of weight is actually the lesser of the two evils.

Medical experts found most people who recently quit smoking gained five to 10 pounds.

However, the recent quitters also had 50 percent reduced risk for heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death, no matter how much weight they gained.