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Did you know

  • Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S.
  • Cigarette smoking is the most common form of nicotine addiction in the U.S.
  • Nicotine has effects like both caffeine ("upper") and alcohol ("downer").

Tobacco use

You can help your heart by living a healthy lifestyle.

People who smoke cigarettes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than people who do not smoke. They are at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, circulatory problems, cancer and lung disorders.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-20-7

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 07/19/2008

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts