Smokers risk a heart attack 19 years before nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer by 20+%. GO RED!
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), smoking cigarettes can more than double your risk of developing coronary heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Smoking cigarettes doubles a person’s risk for a stroke and reduces circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries).
Nonsmokers that are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25-30 percent and their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30 percent. There are immediate harmful effects on the cardiovascular system that can increase the risk of a nonsmoker having a heart attack.
This month, do your heart and favor, and quit smoking. There are lots of great resources and support online; we suggest starting your journey at BecomeAnEx.org, where you can learn about cessation tools and aids and so much more.