American Heart Month – Smoking is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease. Besides causing breathing problems and lung cancer, smoking is also a major cause of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease.
- Cigarette smoking accounts for about one-fifth of all deaths from heart disease in the United States.
- Smokers have a two to four fold increase in coronary artery disease and about a 70 percent higher death rate from coronary artery disease than do nonsmoker.
- Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.
Smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death.
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