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SMOKING: The Leading Cause of AVOIDABLE DEATH: EBSCO Discovery Service. Vascular circulation and smoking don't mix. Cigarette smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the United States.

Vascular circulation and smoking don't mix

It is well known that smoking can damage the lungs, causing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and is associated with many different types of cancers. Smoking can also damage the arteries — the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood throughout the body. When the arteries degenerate or develop significant plaque from smoking, a process called atherosclerosis, it can potentially lead to a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, limb loss, erectile dysfunction and death.

Smoking cessation is critical to improving one’s overall health and preventing these problems from occurring. As research suggests, nicotine, one of the hundreds of toxic chemicals in cigarettes, may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine and alcohol. However, there are many benefits to quitting — and many are noticeable within the first 48 hours after your last cigarette. Think about it. Read or Share this story: Consumer guide. Old Dominion University Libraries - Remote login.

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Smoking and Your Health. Most people associate cigarette smoking and tobacco use with breathing problems and lung cancer.

Smoking and Your Health

But smoking is also a major cause of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease. Smoking: the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death Smoking and tobacco use are significant risk factors for a variety of chronic disorders. According to the American Heart Association, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for over 400,000 deaths each year. About 8.6 million people in the US have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.

Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women. What's the link between smoking and cardiovascular disease? Smoking is a major cause of atherosclerosis - a buildup of fatty substances in the arteries. In peripheral artery disease, atherosclerosis affects the arteries that carry blood to the arms and legs. Magnitude of the smoking problem, knowledge, attitude and practice, among family members of primary school students.

The study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a family-centred tobacco control program about environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) to reduce respiratory illness in Indigenous infants. Studies in the Distribution of Body Fat:  III. Effects of Cigarette Smoking. Cross-sectional associations between smoking habits, body mass index, and waist-hip ratio (WHR) were examined in 1122 men aged 19 to 102 years.

Studies in the Distribution of Body Fat:  III. Effects of Cigarette Smoking

Weight and body mass index were significantly lower in cigarette smokers than in nonsmokers when age was taken into account. The WHR in smokers was significantly higher than in nonsmokers. A graded dose-response relationship was found between the number of cigarettes smoked and the WHR. Smoking Diseases. 18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health. Stressed heart Smoking raises your blood pressure and puts stress on your heart.

18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health

Over time, stress on the heart can weaken it, making it less able to pump blood to other parts of your body. Carbon monoxide from inhaled cigarette smoke also contributes to a lack of oxygen, making the heart work even harder. This increases the risk of heart disease, including heart attacks. Sticky blood Smoking makes your blood thick and sticky. Fatty deposits Smoking increases the amount of cholesterol and unhealthy fats circulating in the bloods, leading to unhealthy fatty deposits. 27 Effects of Smoking on the Body. Mood Stimulation Poor Vision Anxiety and Irritability Another Cold, Another Flu Lung Cancer Constricted Blood Vessels High Cholesterol.

27 Effects of Smoking on the Body

Fact Sheet - Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking - Smoking & Tobacco Use. Overview.

Fact Sheet - Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking - Smoking & Tobacco Use