Health Risks

Smoking can damage the function of your heart and the structure and function of your blood vessels and lead to heart disease.  One year after you quit smoking, you have halved your risk of coronary heart disease compared to someone that smokes. (U.S. Surgeon General report, 2010)

Get your blood pressure under control, quit smoking, and reduce sodium intake to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

For help making your heart health a priority Million Hearts, and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaigns are good resources.  Eighty percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

If you have heart disease, one of the most important things you can do is quit using tobacco. If you would like to quit call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit Now (1-800-784-8669) or to find out more information about quitting, log on to

More information on other ways tobacco affects your body.

Other sites linking tobacco use to chronic disease:
Heart Disease
Lung Disease

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