Quit Smoking Today!
Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often
don't see the point of giving up. But most of the heart disease
risk comes within the first few cigarettes of the day.
Next time you light up, feel your pulse. It will start rising within a minute. That's extra work for your heart, whose own blood supply is reduced by nicotine. The tendency of your blood to clot increases with each cigarette, while some of the oxygen it carries is replaced by carbon monoxide. All of these are risk factors for heart disease.
Studies suggest that those who smoke up to five cigarettes a day are three times more likely to die of heart disease than non smokers. Smoking just one cigarette a day lowers sperm count, trebles your risk of lung cancer and raises the risk of chronic lung disease, cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas and many more.
For info, help and advice on quitting smoking visitwww.smokefree.nhs.uk or call the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline on 0800 0224 332.