Heart Disease & Smoking

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Blog | 2,599 comments

Heart Disease & Smoking

Most people associate cigarette smoking with breathing problems and lung cancer. But did you know that smoking is also a major cause of heart disease for men and women? About 20% of all deaths from heart disease are directly related to cigarette smoking. That’s because smoking is a major cause of coronary artery disease. A person’s risk of heart disease and heart attack greatly increases with the number of cigarettes or bidis he or she smokes. Smokers continue to increase their risk of heart attack the longer they smoke. People who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day have more than twice the risk of heart attack than nonsmokers.

Cigarette smoke not only affects smokers but nonsmokers too. When you smoke, the people around you are also at risk for developing health problems, especially children. Passive smoking or Secondhand smoke affects people who are often around smokers. Secondhand smoke can cause chronic respiratory conditions, cancer, and heart disease. It is estimated that around 35,000 nonsmokers die from heart disease each year as a result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

The good news is your risk of heart disease would be cut in half after quitting tobacco for one year. After 15 smoke free years, your risk is similar to that of a person who has never smoked. So get together your act and quit smoking now.

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