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For many, the reason to stop smoking is to improve their health and fitness. One major way that smoking affects our bodies is the negative effect that it has on our heart.

Medical research & heart disease

Medical research has proven that the more you smoke, the higher your chances are of developing heart disease. One-fifth of deaths caused by heart disease is directly related to smoking and those who smoke are two to four times more likely to develop the disease. It’s also important to consider other factors that could affect your health, for example, the risk of heart disease is even greater for women who are smokers and take birth control pills.

How does smoking cause heart disease?

The main cause of heart problems in smokers is the nicotine from cigarettes. Nicotine in smoke:

  • Reduces how much oxygen your heart gets
  • Raises your blood pressure
  • Speeds up your heart rate
  • Makes blood clots more likely, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes
  • Harms the inside of your blood vessels, including those in your heart

Quitting smoking and heart disease

If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking is the main thing that you can do to reduce your chances of getting heart disease. In fact, after 1-2 years of not smoking, you’ll be much less likely to develop the disease.

It’s also worth considering the other health benefits of quitting such as lowering your chances of developing other types of cancers.

Start your quit journey today with SmokeFree Hull by calling us on 01482977617.

How much money could you save by stopping smoking?

Answer the two questions below and then click “Calculate” to see how much money you could save!

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Your savings

Please note that the figures above are simply an indication of how much you could save based on the cost of a packet of cigarettes and your daily intake.