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.
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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").
Each year, secondhand smoke causes about 41,000 deaths.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
In one year of quitting smoking, your risk of heart disease is reduced by more than half. Quitting also reduces the risk of a second heart attack if you've already had one.
(Source: National Institutes of Health)