Smoking and Heart Disease (cont.)

How Does Smoking Increase Heart Disease Risk?

The nicotine present in smoke causes heart disease by:

  • Decreasing oxygen to the heart.

  • Increasing blood pressure and heart rate.

  • Increasing blood clotting.

  • Damaging to cells that line coronary arteries and other blood vessels.

How Can Quitting Smoking Be Helpful?

Now that you know how smoking can be harmful to your health and the health of those around you, here are some ways quitting can be helpful. If you quit smoking, you will:

  • Prolong your life.

  • Reduce your risk of disease (including heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema, ulcers, gum disease, and other conditions).

  • Feel healthier. After quitting, you won't cough as much, you'll have fewer sore throats and you will increase your stamina.

  • Look better. Quitting can help you prevent face wrinkles, get rid of stained teeth, and improve your skin.

  • Improve your sense of taste and smell.

  • Save money.

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