Despite the warning labels, millions of Americans still regularly smoke tobacco products. In addition to an increased risk of aneurysms, infertility and several cancers – including cancers of the lungs, stomach and esophagus – tobacco harmfully affects your heart and circulatory system. Chemicals in tobacco smoke decrease good cholesterol levels, damage blood vessels and raise blood pressure.
Smoking also decreases your lung capacity, so you’ll become winded more easily and will have a more difficult time with aerobic exercise to maintain a healthy heart.
Quitting smoking is hard, but the benefits are many and help is available. Learn more about ProMedica’s smoking cessation programs.