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Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers as well as those exposed to secondhand smoke.

"Smokers' risk of developing coronary heart disease is 2–4 times that of nonsmokers. Cigarette smoking is a powerful independent risk factor for sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary heart disease; smokers have about twice the risk of nonsmokers."—American Heart Association

"About 443,000 U.S. deaths are attributable each year to cigarette smoking,
126,000 of them from ischemic heart disease."—
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones. Even heavy smokers have a chance to bring their cardiovascular system back to normal when they quit. After one year of not smoking, the excess risk of heart disease created by smoking is reduced 80%.

Learn more about smoking and your heart and read about the consequences of smoking for children and teenagers.

Ask a Texas Heart Institute DoctorWould it hurt if I smoke 4 cigarettes a day? — response by Dr. Atasu Nayak.


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