Do you know smoking increases your risk of heart disease? Or that smoking and blood pressure are related? Most of us associate cigarette smoking with problems of the lungs like asthma, lung cancer and other breathing problems.
But studies have shown that people who smoke are at higher risk of developing hypertension and heart disease. The risk of heart disease due to smoking increases with number of cigarettes you smoke, and the longer you smoke. The risk of heart disease due to smoking is higher in women.
Experts say that smoking is directly related to about 30% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S and is a major cause of coronary artery disease in younger people.
The nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products:
Quitting smoking has many advantages like:
There is no master plan which can help every one to quit smoking. If you seriously plan to quit, prepare yourself both emotionally and mentally and just do not attempt it to please your friends or family. If needed, take professional help.
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