The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Arteries relax after smoking cessation, but it takes awhile

    Smokers have stiffer arteries than nonsmokers, but whether smoking cessation might lead to reduced arterial stiffness was not known, until now.

    Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland studied more than 550 adults with never-treated hypertension. They were classified as current smokers, ex-smokers, and nonsmokers. And the ex-smokers were further divided into 4 groups: less or greater than 1 year and less or greater than 10 years after smoking cessation.

    In ex-smokers there was a significant relationship between the duration of smoking cessation and reduced artery stiffness.

    • Those who had quit smoking within the previous year had artery stiffness similar to smokers.
    • After a decade of not smoking, arterial stiffness became indistinguishable from non-smokers.

    3/23/07 19:23 JR

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