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You probably know that cigarette smoking causes breathing problems and lung cancer. But did you know it also makes you more likely to have a heart attack?

Every cigarette you smoke makes you more likely to get heart disease. Roughly 1 out of 5 deaths from heart disease are directly related to smoking.

People who smoke are two to four times more likely to get heart disease. The risk is even greater for women who smoke and also take birth control pills.

Cigarette smoke is also bad for the people around you. Second-hand smoke can cause heart disease and lung cancer in people who don’t smoke.

How Does Smoking Cause Heart Disease?

The 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 or strokes
  • Harms the insides of your blood vessels, including those in your heart

How Does Quitting Smoking Help?

Soon after you stop, your odds of getting heart disease or high blood pressure will drop. After 1 to 2 years of not smoking, you’ll be much less likely to get heart disease.

Of course, kicking the habit also makes you less likely to get lung cancer and many other types of cancer, emphysema, and many other serious conditions.

We’ve got lots of information on other reasons to quit smoking on our website or get in touch for further support.

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.