A study in the American Journal of Cardiology found that patients who stopped smoking within 12 months after a coronary balloon angioplasty lived two years longer, on average, than patients who didn't quit. Among those who quit smoking, 29% were still alive 30 years after the procedure compared with 14% of those who continued to smoke. "Most patients think it is too late to quit smoking, but the major message of our study is that it is never too late to stop smoking," the study's lead author said.

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