A lifestyle that includes smoking is the most destructive type of lifestyle you can choose. It not only affects you but it hurts those close to you. Nearly 50,000 people die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke, 46,000 from heart disease (according to the CDC). These aren’t just the people trapped in a work environment where smoking is allowed it includes family members and friends. Not only is the health of your own heart in your hands but the heart of those you come into contact with.
Nearly 400,000 deaths each year are caused by cigarette smoking, 20 percent will die from heart disease. Smoking can triple your chances of dying from heart disease in relation to people who don’t smoke. Do you know the risks?
According to the CDC, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in adult smoking Americans. More than 61 million people suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease and more than 2,600 die every day because of cardiovascular diseases.
Heart Disease Risk Factors
- High Blood Pressure
- High LDL Cholesterol and Low HDL Cholesterol
- Being Overweight
- Being Physically Inactive
- Chronic Uncontrolled Stress
Obviously if you are a smoker you should consider talking with your doctor to understand the risks and options available. Of course the best advice he/she is going to provide is to stop smoking, get physically active, eat right and find healthier ways to manage day-to-day stress.
You may think it won’t happen to you. Maybe you know someone that lived until they were 80 smoking a pack a day for 40 years. I guess there are always exceptions to the rule but statistics show that smokers, on average, die 14 years sooner.
Personally, I don’t want to play those odds and the quality of life I have experienced since quitting has improved dramatically. I have time to enjoy new things not to mention the closeness I get when with my family. If you are considering stopping smoking I encourage you to keep considering it. If you are struggling to stay quit one more day just remember that heart disease is one more reason to not smoke.