Smoking tobacco can cause a heart attack, stroke and raise blood pressure.

Smoking and your heart

  • Smoking causes about 1/7 of heart disease deaths.
  • Smokers under 40 are 5 times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers.
  • Inhaling tobacco smoke raises your heart rate and your blood pressure. This puts a lot of pressure on your heart, increasing the risk of heart disease and strokes.
  • Smoking can increase the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood, which narrows your arteries and can lead to blood clots.
  • Stopping smoking at any age helps reduce the likelihood of having a stroke which means it’s never too late to quit.