Cigarette smoke is extremely irritating to the inner lining of the arteries and therefore dramatically accelerates the process of plaque buildup. When you stop smoking, you significantly reduce your risk of heart disease-by the end of the first year, your risk is reduced by half, and after 15 years, your risk is equal to that of someone who has never smoked.
- Q Is it harmful to smoke during pregnancy?
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