Tobacco and Blood Pressure

Updated:Aug 14,2014

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What is the evidence?

While smoking has not been conclusively proven to cause high blood pressure, each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish.

Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke have many other effects on your cardiovascular and overall health, These effects include fatty buildups in arteries, several types of cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung problems). Atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty substances in the arteries) is a chief contributor to the high number of deaths from smoking. Many studies detail the evidence that cigarette smoking is a major cause of coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack

The benefits of smoking cessation

Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. For your overall health and to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, avoid all forms of tobacco as well as secondhand smoke.

Learn more about the risks and how to quit smoking.

This content was last reviewed on 08/04/2014.

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Smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attack as nonsmokers. Smoking is a major risk factor for stroke, too.