Does smoking increase my risk for kidney problems?


Smoking can certainly contribute to kidney damage. It is a primary risk factor for a condition called renal artery disease, in which blockages form in the renal arteries that supply the kidneys with blood. These blockages, when severe and if left untreated, can cause dangerously high blood pressure and kidney failure. Cigarette smoking speeds up the build-up of a fatty substance called plaque inside your arteries, causes blood vessels to constrict or tighten, and contributes to clotting in the renal arteries.

Continue Learning about Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Nicotine addiction is just as strong as addiction to alcohol or cocaine, and it causes changes in the brain that make you crave nicotine even more. Once inhaled into the lungs through smoke, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstre...

am and carried throughout your body. Nicotine can affect the heart, blood vessels, hormones and brain function. Learn more from our experts about how to overcome it.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.