The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that smoking rates among young adults have fallen more drastically than those of older adults. Dr. Bethea Kleykamp, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, says the difference in quitting rates likely stems from older adults’ belief that the damage has already been done. However, Dr. Kleykamp believes this mind-set is not entirely valid, pointing to research that has found that even a month without cigarettes can significantly lower blood pressure. She feels that more research needs to done on the effect that smoking has on older smokers to see a decline.
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