Quit smoking

Why smokes noxious?

The smoke from the cigarettes contains a thousand chemicals. Some of these can damage your blood vessels and your heart. Smoking doubles your risk of heart attack and stroke, and recent research shows that smoking only one cigarette a day raises your risk.

Does smoking cause high cholesterol?
  • Smoking makes your LDL cholesterol (bad type) sticky — so it sticks to the walls of your arteries and prevents them.
  • Smoking lowers your HDL cholesterol levels (good type), which basically removes cholesterol from the mouse arteries.
  • Smoking can damage the walls of your arteries and cholesterol collected in damaged areas.

These changes mean they can get stuck in your arteries more quickly. Smoking also raises your heart, makes your blood vessels contract, and your blood can carry more oxygen and less oxygen. Blood can’t flow around your body easily, your heart can work harder and blood clot can form, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

How can I help quitting?

As soon as you stop smoking, you risk your heart disease and many other health problems. You’ll feel much fitter and healthier, your skin will improve, stress levels will fall, your breathing will open, and walking and exercising will facilitate.

  • In hoursyour heart rate will return to normal and your chemicals will leave your blood.
  • In those daysyour spirit will open and your taste and smell will improve.
  • Within weeksyour blood will be less sticky and the risk of heart attack will start to fall.
  • In monthsblood flow around your body will improve, you’ll feel more energy and exercise easier.
  • Within a yearcoughing and loosening the lungs will improve the amount of air.
  • After one yearyour risk of heart disease and heart attack will be halved. After 15 years, it will be like someone who’s never smoked.

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