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 I know smoking causes cancer. Does it cause anything else?
- Q Does smoking increase my risk of circulatory disorders?
- Q Can I reverse the aging process caused by smoking?
- Q Will my voice go back to normal after I stop smoking?
- Q Does nicotine addiction cause a stroke?
- Q How many people actually die from smoking?