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Smoking – Even More Dangerous Than We Thought

What’s The Quickest Way To Ruin Your Health? Smoking.  

Nicotine holds a strong power over smokers because it gives users an almost instant hit of dopamine. It taps into the pleasure and reward center of the brain. It also creates a slight adrenaline rush, elevating blood pressure and heart rate. But this short-lived, good and addicting feeling is just not worth the risks. Take it from a team of researchers who followed the devastating effects of smokers in a recent research study. Even beyond the different types of cancers caused by smoking, smoking tobacco is now linked to 36 different subtypes of cardiovascular disease. Smoking is even more dangerous than we thought!

A recent study used a well-researched questionnaire to determine whether being a smoker or a recent smoker increased the risk of a large list of heart diseases. Nearly 200,000 participants who were 45 years or older completed a questionnaire about their health and their tobacco habits. All participants were free of cancer and cardiovascular disease when they received the questionnaire, and each participant updated their information in the following years.

What was the outcome? According to the results, current smokers have at least doubled their risk of developing most types of heart disease. The results also concluded that smokers were three times more likely to die from heart disease than non-smokers. In other words, if you’re a smoker experiencing heart disease, smoking tobacco likely caused your heart disease.

The investigators stated their findings in this way:

“Risks of CVD [cardiovascular disease] increased with increasing numbers of cigarettes smoked per day and were greatly diminished among those quitting smoking. Our study showed that what would generally be regarded as “light smoking” was accompanied by substantial increases in the risk of CVD; smokers of 4–6 cigarettes per day had around double the risk of dying of CVD than people who had never smoked, adding to the emerging evidence on the CVD harms of light smoking.”

They also noted that people who quit smoking see much lower risk. Those who quit by age 35 were able to avoid 90% of the conditions experienced by those who continued to smoke.

If you found this resource in an effort to start a health journey, begin by changing smoking habits if it applies to you. If you are eating right, exercising, drinking enough water, and getting good sleep, smoking STILL puts you at significant risk.

Want to read more smoking related research? Check out these resources as well or subscribe to our blog.

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Resources

Tobacco smoking and risk of 36 cardiovascular disease subtypes: fatal and non-fatal outcomes in a large prospective Australian study 

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