Smoking and Heart Disease

   • Coronary heart disease and stroke are the primary kinds of heart disease caused by smoking.
   • Smoking causes heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
   • More than 2,600 Americans die every day because of cardiovascular diseases, about 1 death every 33 seconds.
   • Cigarette smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers.
   • Smoking has been linked with sudden cardiac death of all types in both men and women.
   • In addition to heart disease, smoking doubles a person's risk for stroke.
   • Cigarette smoking harms circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries).
   • Smokers are more than 10 times more likely to develop peripheral vascular disease compared to nonsmokers.
   • Smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm.

For more information about the health consequences of smoking and about how to quit visit Colorado Quitline.

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