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 physical withdrawal of nicotine worse than the physiological withdrawal?
- Q Can I reverse the aging effects of smoking if I quit?
- Q Does smoking affect sexual pleasure?
- Q Does smoking affect oral health and diabetes?
- Q What does smoking do to my sense of taste?
- Q Does smoking increase my likelihood of experiencing dementia?