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February is American Heart Month. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But heart disease is preventable and controllable.
Smoking is a major contributor to heart disease. Cigarette smokers are 2–4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.
Secondhand Smoke is also a major contributor.
Exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease.
Breathing secondhand smoke can have immediate adverse effects on your blood and blood vessels, increasing the risk of having a heart attack.
People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk of suffering adverse effects from smoking and breathing secondhand smoke and should take special precautions to avoid both.
For free help quitting call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or click here for more information about the Helpline. Most callers are eligible for free patches, gum and lozenges.